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

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Aired on Wednesday, June 10th.

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."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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