Reproductive Health and Access

The Urban Institute studies reproductive health and access in the United States. Current projects include analyses of how access to contraception affects the lives of women and their families and an examination of progress, threats, and opportunities related to reproductive health care access.

Current Projects

Beyond Birth Control

Beyond Birth Control: Family Planning and Women’s Lives, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, examined access to contraception and how access influences the lives of women and their families.

Primary Research Questions

  • How does expanded access to affordable contraception affect short- and long-term socioeconomic and health outcomes for women and their families?
  • What are the persistent barriers to contraceptive access and use, who faces these barriers, and how can these barriers be reduced?

Project components include developing and fielding a new nationally representative survey of women of reproductive age (the Survey of Family Planning and Women’s Lives), qualitative case studies, and secondary data analyses of federal surveys.

Publications

Feature

Blog Posts

Reproductive Health Access: Monitoring and Analysis

Reproductive Health Access: Monitoring and Analysis builds on the Beyond Birth Control project by monitoring and analyzing changes in reproductive health access in real time. This project, also funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, tracks efforts to expand access to reproductive health care and challenges to reproductive health access, documenting how policy changes affect women in diverse circumstances and geographies.

Primary Research Questions

  • What progress has been made to increase women’s access to reproductive health care?
  • How much are women’s perceptions of and experiences with contraception and reproductive health care changing, and how do they vary by socioeconomic group?
  • What policies pose the most significant threats to reproductive health care access?
  • In the face of such threats, what opportunities can sustain or expand access to care?

Project components include refielding the Survey of Family Planning and Women’s Lives, qualitative case studies, a web-based communication platform for family planning providers, and secondary data analyses of federal and state surveys.

Publications

State Fact Sheets

Blog Posts