The Data Behind How Getting (or Not Getting) an Abortion Affects Women's Lives: "The Turnaway Study"

Jun 10, 2020

What happens when a woman seeking an abortion in the U.S. is turned away? Our guest is Diana Greene Foster, PhD, who set out to answer this question as definitively as possible. Her new book is "The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having -- or Being Denied -- an Abortion." It is an up-close exploration of abortion access across America today; it's also the first long-term study of American women's lives to document the consequences -- physical, financial, emotional, professional, personal, and psychological -- of receiving versus being denied an abortion. As was noted of this work by Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood: "Dr. Diana Greene Foster brings what is too often missing from the public debate around abortion: science, data, and the real-life experiences of people from diverse backgrounds.... This should be required reading for every judge, member of Congress, and candidate for office -- as well as anyone who hopes to better understand this complex and important issue."