New Study Reveals What Happens to Women Who Are Denied Abortion

New Study Reveals What Happens to Women Who Are Denied Abortion

For years politicians and lawmakers have been claiming that the mental and physical effects of abortion are detrimental to women. Some dubious studies even claim that abortion causes mental illness and even drug use. These false assumptions can now be denied according to a recent longitudinal scientific study, the first of its kind to follow women who were denied abortions. 

What happens to women who want abortions but can’t due to restrictive regulations?

Up until now, there have been no scientific studies revealing the long term effects of these so called “turnaways.”

A recent longitudinal study conducted by a UC San Francisco Group reveals the effects that being denied an abortion has on a woman’s economic status, health, and relationship status. The study collected data from 956 women across 30 different US based clinics. Of the 956, 182 women were turned away. The women fell into three categories; some obtained abortions easily, some faced a struggle, and others were denied because they had been pregnant a few days longer than the cut off limit. Though the researchers will follow the women for 5 years, some results have been revealed after two. 

Here are just a few results from the study : 

  • Women who receive an abortion have no greater increase in developing a mental health illness compared to those who were denied. 
  • A late term abortion is actually safer than childbirth. 
  • Women who were denied an abortion, and then carried a child to term, were 3 times more likely to be below the poverty level two years later, than women who received abortions. 
  • There is no difference in drug use between women who receive abortions and those who are denied. 
  • Women who are in abusive relationships are more likely to stay with their abuser if she is denied an abortion.
  • The majority of women who received an abortion, felt that they made the right decision. Those that were denied an abortion, however, had more feelings of anxiety. 

Conclusions we can come to based on the study: 

  • Denying a woman an abortion means she has a greater chance of becoming unemployed, thus being below the poverty level. 
  • A woman who is forced to carry a child to term will likely need public assistance, thus putting a greater burden on the state. 
  • There are no lasting negative emotions resulting from obtaining an abortion. Those that are denied abortion, however, may experience more stress. 
  • There are no severe physical complications after receiving an abortion. Those that do give birth, however, are at risk of seizure, fractured pelvis, infection, and hemorrhaging. 

If politicians and lawmakers truly cared about the health of women, they would provide them easy access to abortion. When women who want abortions are denied, they are at increased risk of being at poverty level, staying in abusive relationships for the sake of the child, and suffering from complications associated with childbirth. 

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