Gender, Inequality, and Empowerment Series | U.S. Abortion Restrictions and Reproductive Autonomy

PSTC Seminar Room in Mencoff Hall

Ushma Upadhyay, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science, UC San Francisco

12-1 pm

In this talk, Upadhyay will cover two main areas of her research: her work evaluating the effects of U.S. state-level restrictions on women’s lives and measurement of sexual and reproductive empowerment among young people. ANSIRH’s Evaluation of Restrictions Project aims to examine the effects on women of state-level abortion restrictions and to identify strategies to mitigate the negative impacts. The project started in 2013 and has so far conducted research in seven states and evaluated the effects of a variety of restrictions.  Upadhyay will speak on laws that have aimed to regulate medication abortion.  She will then describe her current project developing a new psychometric measure of Sexual Health and Reproductive Empowerment for Young Adults (The SHREYA Scale). 

Ushma Upadhyay's work encompasses two overarching themes: the effects of women's empowerment and gender equity on reproductive health and improving access to contraception and abortion care for vulnerable populations. Her current research focuses on understanding and documenting the impact of state-level abortion restrictions on women’s lives. Upadhyay recently received a National Institutes of Health Career Development Award to study gender-based power among young people and its effect on contraceptive use. She is co-author of Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers, a Johns Hopkins/WHO/USAID publication providing evidence-based guidance on the provision of contraceptive methods. 

Gender, Inequality, and Empowerment Series: How do different approaches to gender inequality and empowerment engage structural and individual power relationships and inform efforts to transform hierarchical gender systems? How are gender inequalities intertwined with other inequalities and connected to local and global politics? This interdisciplinary series tackles the (re)production of gender inequalities within a variety of areas, including health, violence, and economic empowerment.