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Amanda Stevenson

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder

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About Amanda

Stevenson  researches the impacts of and responses to abortion and family planning policy in the United States. Stevenson's current research uses demographic methods to study the impacts of reproductive health policies, and computational methods to study social responses to these policies. Stevenson translates her results into policy-relevant findings for non-academic audiences. Stevenson regularly testifies on the demographic impacts of legislation, and she developed an app to disseminate local impact estimates or her policy evaluation work.


The Process of Seeking a Judicial Bypass for Abortion May Harm Adolescents

  • Kate Coleman-Minahan

Many Low Income Women in Texas Do Not Get the Effective Contraception They Want after Giving Birth

  • Joseph E. Potter
  • Kate Coleman-Minahan
  • Kari White
  • Daniel A. Powers
  • Chloe Dillaway
  • Kristine Hopkins
  • Daniel Grossman

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In the News

"Judge Temporarily Blocks Planned Parenthood’s Ouster from Texas Medicaid," Amanda Stevenson (with Marissa Evans and Mariana Alfaro), Texas Tribune, January 19, 2017.


"Contraception after Delivery among Publicly Insured Women in Texas: Use Compared with Preference" (with Joseph E. Potter, Kate Coleman-Minahan, Kari White, Daniel A. Powers, and Chloe Dillaway). Obstetrics & Gynecology 130, no. 2 (2017): 393-402.

Assesses women's preferences for contraception after delivery and compares use with preferences.

"Women’s Knowledge of and Support for Abortion Restrictions in Texas: Findings from a Statewide Representative Survey" (with Kari White, Joseph E. Potter, Amanda Stevenson, Daniel Grossman, and Liza Fuentes). Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 48, no. 4 (2016).

Assesses women’s knowledge of specific abortion restrictions in Texas and reasons for supporting these laws. 

"Effect of Removal of Planned Parenthood from the Texas Women's Health Program" (with Imelda M. Flores Vazquez, Richard L. Allgeyer, Pete Schenkkan, and Joseph E. Potter). New England Journal of Medicine 374, no. 9 (2016): 853-860.

Assesses changes in the provision of contraceptives after the exclusion of Planned Parenthood affiliates. Among women who use injectable contraception, estimates the change in continuation of the contraceptive method in the program and in the rate of childbirth covered by Medicaid after the exclusion. 

"Barriers to Postpartum Contraception in Texas and Pregnancy within Two Years of Delivery" (with Joseph E. Potter, Amanda Stevenson, Kari White, Daniel Grossman, and Celia Hubert). Obstetrics & Gynecology 127, no. 2 (2016): 189-196.

Assesses pregnancies that could have been averted through improved access to contraceptive methods in the two years after delivery. 

"The Impact of Reproductive Health Legislation on Family Planning Clinic Services in Texas" (with Kari White, Kristine Hopkins, Daniel Grossman, Joseph E. Potter, Abigail Aiken, and Celia Hubert). American Journal of Public Health 105, no. 5 (2015): 851-858.

Evaluates the effect of legislation in Texas that dramatically cut and restricted participation in the state’s family planning program in 2011.  Finds that 25% of family planning clinics in Texas closed, organizations served 54% fewer clients, and long-acting reversible contraception was less widely available.