Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 14, 2020 / 18:00 pm
A developmental psychologist told CNA that a study claiming most women do not regret their abortions is flawed, and does not accurately represent how women experience abortion.
The study, known as the Turnaway Study, is the subject of a new book titled "The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having-or Being Denied-an Abortion," by Diana Greene Foster, PhD. The book was published on June 2.
The Turnaway Study originated from Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), which is based at the University of California, San Francisco. ANSIRH conducts scientific research domestically and abroad on topics related to reproductive health.
The study describes itself as "the first study to rigorously examine the effects of receiving versus being denied a wanted abortion on women and their children," and studied women from 30 abortion clinics nationwide who either were denied an abortion because they were past the gestational limit; were initially denied an abortion as they were past the gestational limit but later received one; and those who received a first-trimester abortion.