Consequences of receiving versus being denied a wanted abortion in the United States
Diana Greene Foster will discuss the context and findings of The Turnaway Study. The Turnaway Study answers the question, Does abortion hurt women? and the converse, What are the harms when women are unable to get a wanted abortion? Dr. Foster will review the challenges of studying abortion and what has happened in the absence of rigorous data. She will describe the study design of the Turnaway Study and present its major findings about women’s mental health, physical health and the wellbeing of their children. She will describe the reasons people give for seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy and what that tells us about whether one can trust women’s decision-making abilities around pregnancy.