The Turnaway Study

The Turnaway Study: A look into the consequences of unwanted pregnancy and abortion on women’s lives

The Turnaway Study, a project of UCSF’s Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), examined the effects of unwanted pregnancy on women, children and families. It describes the mental health, physical health, and socioeconomic consequences of receiving an abortion compared to being denied and carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term.

Over the course of ten years, we collected and examined data from nearly 1,000 women at 30 abortion facilities across the U.S. to determine the impact of having or being denied an abortion.

Here you will find an overview of the study, the results of our research, and stories about working on the study from our research team.

 

New York Times
Most studies on the effects of abortion compare women who have abortions with those who choose to carry their pregnancies to term…Foster saw this as a fundamental flaw. By choosing the right comparison groups — women who obtain abortions just before the gestational deadline versus women who miss that deadline and are turned away — Foster hoped to paint a more accurate picture. New York Times Magazine

The Turnaway Study book and summary fact sheets

The Turnaway Study Book

The results of the study have been collected into the new book
The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, A Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having - or Being Denied - an Abortion.

The Harms of Denying a Woman a Wanted Abortion

The Harms of Denying a Wanted Abortion

Learn more about the effects of denying abortion in our fact sheet The Harms of Denying a Woman a Wanted Abortion.

Turnaway Study Summary

Turnaway Study Summary

For a summary of the study, download our Turnaway Study overview.

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Support projects like the Turnaway Study by donating to UCSF’s Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH).

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University of California, San Francisco

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The Turnaway Study is a project from Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH). ANSIRH is a research program within the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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