The Study

Bustle Magazine
Gut-wrenchingly, 40 percent of the women in the [Turnaway] study were seeking abortions because they did not believe they could afford a baby in the first place. Two-thirds were already living below the poverty line. And, over the five-year period following the recruitment process in which the women were studied, the ones who were denied abortions were three times more likely to be living below the poverty line. Bustle

The Turnaway Study, a project of UCSF’s Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), was a large-scale investigation of the lives of nearly 1,000 U.S. women who sought abortions, some of whom received them and some who were “turned away” and carried their pregnancies to term because they were past the clinic’s gestational limit. We recruited participants from 30 abortion clinics and interviewed them by phone, initially contacting them one week after they sought abortion, and then once every six months for five years.

Interviews were wide-ranging, covering topics such as physical health, mental health, employment, contraceptive use and emotions about pregnancy and abortion. Research assistants conducted nearly 8,000 interviews over the course of the project, and the stories that women shared with us about their lives were fascinating.

For more about the study, see our summary fact sheet and our new factsheet, “The Harms of Denying a Woman a Wanted Abortion.”