One of the arguments against women having abortions
promulgated by anti-abortion activists is that the procedure causes women to
have poorer health than those who choose to carry a pregnancy to term. Actually, the opposite is true according to The Turnaway Study, a prospective, longitudinal
study comparing the mental, physical and socioeconomic consequences for women
who either terminated a pregnancy in the first or second trimester (n= 705) or were “turned away” and forced to carry
an unwanted pregnancy to term (n=231). Study subjects recruited from ~ 30 abortion clinics
across the U.S. between 2008-2010 were interviewed by phone every 6 months over
a 5-year period. They were asked about their
physical, mental, and emotional health, relationship status, contraceptive use,
education, employment status, economic situation, social support and family relationships.
The study did NOT find that having an abortion had
detrimental effects on women’s health. Instead,
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