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Datapoint: What Happens to Women Who Are Denied Abortion Care?

Datapoint: What Happens to Women Who Are Denied Abortion Care?

December 14, 2012 — Compared with women who obtain abortions, women who are turned away from abortion clinics are more likely to be receiving public assistance, below the poverty line and without a full-time job one year later, according to research from Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health at the University of California-San Francisco.


The findings come from an ongoing longitudinal research project known as the Turnaway Study. Researchers from ANSIRH conducted extensive interviews with 956 women who sought abortions at 30 U.S. clinics, including 182 women who were turned away because they exceeded a clinic's gestational limits or for other reasons.

In addition to experiencing more negative economic outcomes, turnaways were less likely to leave abusive relationships and more likely to experience emotional issues, such as stress and anxiety. The study also found that one week after seeking an abortion, 97% of women who obtained care felt that it was the right decision, while 65% of women who were turned away said they wished they had been able to have an abortion (i09, 11/13).