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Stanley K. Henshaw, PhD

Recipient, SFP 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

Stanley K. Henshaw, PhDStanley Henshaw, PhD, serves as a consultant to numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Guttmacher Institute, from which he retired after 34 years in 2013 (Senior Fellow). He has authored or co-authored more than 125 articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries, principally on abortion statistics, teenage pregnancy rates, and family planning services.

Dr. Henshaw published the first detailed report of unintended pregnancy and abortion rates in relation to women's demographic characteristics, drawing on surveys and data collected by the Centers for Disease Control as well as his own seven surveys of all known abortion providers in the United States. He also conducted several studies assessing the impact of abortion restrictions and participated in the first calculation of contraceptive use-failure rates that incorporated accurate data on failures that ended in abortion. As part of the contraceptive use-failure research, he supervised the first nationally representative survey of abortion patients. The survey has been repeated several times and has produced information on demographic characteristics of abortion patients, such as income and religion, that is not available elsewhere.

Dr. Henshaw has served as an expert witness in more than 20 federal court challenges to restrictive abortion laws, most recently in Alabama and Wisconsin against requirements that physicians providing abortions must have local hospital privileges. Other cases concerned parental involvement for minors, waiting periods, Medicaid payment for abortion, and a requirement that second-trimester abortions be performed in hospitals.

Dr. Henshaw has been honored with the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals’ 2008 Alan Guttmacher Lectureship and the 2006 Carl S. Shultz Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Family Planning and Reproductive Health from the American Public Health Association’s Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section. He also received the 2004 Ipas Champion of Reproductive Health award and the National Abortion Federation’s 2000 Christopher Tietze Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Henshaw received his AB from Harvard College, majoring in physics, and completed a PhD in sociology at Columbia University.

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