$55,190 NIH-Funded Study Explores Reproductive Health of Young Lesbians

The National Institutes of Health through its Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has awarded $55,190 to the Children’s Hospital Corporation to “explore the association of discriminatory public policies (e.g., same-sex marriage bans) and the reproductive health of sexual minority girls and women.”

The project titled, “Reproductive Health Disparities and Sexual Orientation in Girls and Women,” began on July 1, 2015 – five days after the U.S. Supreme Court approved gay marriage nationwide.

“Emerging research shows that the health of sexual minorities can be adversely affected by state-level discriminatory laws. This discrimination can occur in states that have failed to enact protections around hate crimes, job discrimination, or same-sex marriage. However, little is known about the association of these types of public policies with reproductive health,” the grant abstract stated.