Research has shown that 99% of women who receive an abortion feel their decision to have an abortion was the right one, even 5 years later. They do not regret their abortion decision. And they were better off than women denied abortion care.
In her new book, Dr. Diana Greene Foster provides definitive evidence that abortion access strongly enhances women’s health and well-being, whereas denying abortion results in physical and economic harm. ''The Turnaway Study' brings powerful evidence about the ability of women to foresee consequences and make decisions that are best for their lives and families.”
results in physical and economic harm. “The Turnaway Study” By Dr. Diana Greene Foster explores abortion access—and a lack thereof—in America. (WAMC)Based on a ten-year investigation, the book combines engaging, in-depth stories of women who received and were denied abortion care along with study data from
published in top medical and social science journals. A team of overfrom nine universities and four research institutes conducted the study, led by Foster, who was the principal investigator. The team included psychologists, epidemiologists, demographers, nursing scholars and public health researchers. Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) funded the research.
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—we can’t do it without you.Support our independent reporting and truth-telling for as little as $5 per month.The Turnaway Study provides the first, longitudinal, scientifically rigorous study of the mental health, physical health, and socioeconomic consequences of receiving an abortion compared to carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term.
The researchers recruited 1000 women from 30 abortion facilities in 20 states around the country between 2008 and 2010. Some received abortions, while others were “turned away” and carried their pregnancies to term because they were past the gestational limit in their state. Researchers interviewed the women by phone one week post-abortion, then semi-annually for five years. They asked the women about their health and well-being, as well as their children’s health and development.
After over 8,000 interviews, researchers found that 99 percent of women who received an abortion thought their decision to have an abortion was the right one, even five years later. They did not regret their abortion decision. They were also better off than women denied abortion care.
The study revealed that women who receive a wanted abortion had better physical health outcomes and were more likely to have a positive outlook on the future. They were more financially stable, set more ambitious goals, raised their children under more stable conditions, and were more likely to have a wanted child later. They also had better chances of finding a good romantic relationship, and the children they already had were better off too.
By contrast, women denied a wanted abortion experienced more serious health problems giving birth than those having an abortion, were more likely to stay in contact with a violent partner, were more likely to be left to raise the resulting child alone, and experienced economic hardship and insecurity which lasted for years. Existing children of women denied abortions were over three times more likely to live in households below the federal poverty level, and they were less likely to achieve developmental milestones than the existing children of women who received abortion care.
The study’s authors estimate that more than 4,000 women are denied wanted abortions each year due to facilities’ gestational limits. Women who seek later abortions are often slowed down by not realizing they were pregnant and by logistical barriers to getting an abortion, including the cost of abortion health care. Many women in the study lacked access to public or private insurance.Read more: Ms. Magazine »
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Oh and I’ve had two abortions which ruined my life in the most profound, tormented way. Even 25 years later, it torments me thinking about the kids I could have had but killed. The pain is REAL. You make abortion sound like something every young woman should try. 80 out of 8000 women live with debilitating regret? It’s only 80 right? Who cares about them.
Real talk✌️❤️ I do not regret it one bit! Sooo short sighted...Hell is forever!
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