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Tracy Weitz
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Tracy Weitz, PhD, MPA, is the Director of the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) program and Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, both at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). ANSIRH's mission is to ensure that reproductive health care and policy are grounded in evidence. Dr. Weitz has a master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in health care from Missouri Southern University and a doctoral degree in medical sociology from UCSF. Dr. Weitz's passion is for those aspects of women's health that are marginalized either for ideological reasons, or because the populations affected lack the means or mechanisms to have their concerns raised. Her current research focuses on innovative strategies to expand abortion provision in the U.S. Included in her research portfolio is a demonstration project of the use of nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants as providers of abortion care in California, several studies of abortion regulation, and a national strategic plan to secure access to later abortion care.


In 1999 Dr. Weitz received the UCSF Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women. In 2006, Dr. Weitz was appointed by Governor Schwartzenegger to the Women's Health Council, an advisory body to the California Department of Health Services. In 2008 she received the Felicia Stewart award from the Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health section of the American Public Health Association. In 2012, she was awarded the Academic Sentate Distinction in Mentoring Award. Dr. Weitz serves on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California, Breast Cancer Action, and the Society of Family Planning.

Dr. Weitz has been published in a variety of sites and periodicals, from RH Reality Check to The American Journal of Public Health and The American Prospect. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including The Rachel Maddow Show, Take Action News w/ David Shuster, and AlterNet Radio.

Blog Entries by Tracy Weitz

Abortion Legislation Preempts Parents' Call: Art, Politics Trade Places in Missouri

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 7:12 PM

I visited Columbia during the True/False Film Fest to see the After Tiller documentary. This Sundance Award-winning film follows four physicians who continue to provide third-trimester abortions after the assassination in 2009 of their colleague George Tiller in Wichita, Kan. In the abortion context, the third trimester starts...

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What We Are Missing in the Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound Debate

(13) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 1:49 PM

Everyone please step away from the ledge. The public discourse about mandated trans-vaginal ultrasounds for abortion patients is completely out of control--among both abortion rights opponents and abortion rights supporters. The facts are slim and distorted on all sides. It is time for a more thoughtful discussion on the issue.

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What President Obama Should Say on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

(6) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 3:48 PM

Today, January 22nd, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. As a "pro-choice" president, Barack Obama is likely to mark that anniversary, as he has every year of his presidency, with a statement reaffirming a woman's constitutional right to abortion. But on this anniversary,...

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The 'Pro-Life' Movement's Success Is About Raw Politics

(118) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 10:15 PM

Last week's Time magazine cover story examines why 40 years following the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision (January 22nd is the 40th anniversary), abortion-rights activists appear to be losing. To prove her point, the author highlights the increasing number of state restrictions that make an abortion harder to...

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