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    Thank you to Scribner for an advanced copy of this book THE TURNAWAY STUDY, aka the well designed, longitudinal abortion research study we all needed This multi site, 21 state study directly compared outcomes for three groups of people who needed abortions first trimester patients, patients just below the gestational limit, and patients just above the limit Participants were interviewed twice a year for 5 years about many aspects of their lives their emotional, mental, and physical health, t Thank you to Scribner for an advanced copy of this book THE TURNAWAY STUDY, aka the well designed, longitudinal abortion research study we all needed This multi site, 21 state study directly compared outcomes for three groups of people who needed abortions first trimester patients, patients just below the gestational limit, and patients just above the limit Participants were interviewed twice a year for 5 years about many aspects of their lives their emotional, mental, and physical health, their feelings about abortion, their finances, their parenting decisions, and their children s well being PURPOSE OF THE BOOK This book isn t about moral arguments It is just directly comparing women s outcomes in these parallel situations In a debate that has long depended on gut instincts from the anti abortion side e.g the incorrect anti abortion argument that women probably feel long term shame and regret after having an abortion it is refreshing to hear facts that can directly disprove these claims This is evidence that we need for court cases and political decision making, even if the feminist arguments work for most pro choice people Will this change people s minds if they are on the anti abortion end of the spectrum It may depend on why they actually hold those views I think it is naive to say that statistics like these are enough to dramatically change the tides, especially when we have to consider some of thefundamental reasons why politicians don t want people to have abortions like capitalism.TARGET AUDIENCE As a scientist, I really appreciated the research design so solid and discussions of things they wish they did differently the researchers and I both wish they had included trans and non binary participants, and people terminating pregnancies because of health risks But, the target audience isn t limited to scientists the points are made clearly and concisely, and often repeated to ensure that people are able to come away with the key results of this multifaceted study.NARRATIVE STRUCTURE This was less impressive than the research design Between each section of the book, there is a long form narrative from the POV of somebody in the study who had an abortion or was turned away from an abortion These were a diverse group of narrators with different ethnic backgrounds, ages, employment statuses, and relationship and family situations, pro and anti abortion I didn t love that the same quotes were interspersed throughout the research chapters of the book Foster still had to provide context about their backstories because we hadn t always gotten to their long form narrative yet, and it made things seem repetitive at times AUTHOR S PERSONAL ELEMENTS Since they were limited, I felt like Foster s own anecdotes and perspectives often felt out of place There is one line about how we can t blame our growing waistline on our children, an anecdote of waiting for an anti abortion person to leave a party before sharing personal stories, etc Near the end of the book, Foster shared stories of abortion from her own family, but this long personal story almost felt like an afterthought, especially in combination with its odd placement in between additional POVs and the concluding research chapters.I ll leave you with some key findings from the book that I ve been telling everybody who will listen No evidence was found that abortion hurts women in fact, short term mental health harm came from the denial of abortion services It was most common to have no emotional long term response to having had an abortion Women should be trusted We find that the reasons women give for wanting an abortion strongly predict the consequences they experience when they are denied that abortion 95% of the women who had abortions said having the abortion was the right decision for them Women who were denied abortion services experienced worse financial outcomes, and throughout the 5 year period, they did not catch back up to those who received an abortion Women who were denied an abortion werelikely to have poor emotional bonding with the child Women who received the abortion experienced a dramatic reduction in the incidence of abuse, unlike those who were turned away


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    I wanted to hear from women who were actually experiencing what the rest of us debate in the abstract Diana Greene FosterThe Turnaway Study is a meticulously researched book about abortion in the United States specifically focused on women right around the end of the first trimester and beginning of the second and the effects of women who received abortions and those who were turned away denied.The book is the result of a ten year study in which Foster and her team compile research from I wanted to hear from women who were actually experiencing what the rest of us debate in the abstract Diana Greene FosterThe Turnaway Study is a meticulously researched book about abortion in the United States specifically focused on women right around the end of the first trimester and beginning of the second and the effects of women who received abortions and those who were turned away denied.The book is the result of a ten year study in which Foster and her team compile research from nearly 1,000 women Over the ten years, the women are contacted every six months to discuss their life goals, current status, well being, and so on.The stories that Foster highlights in the book are but a small percentage of those included in the study but they are profound and important.What this book doesthan anything is given a voice to the real people affected by the access, or lack of access, to abortion the women and her children.While it didn t change my opinion I m already pro choice , it did solidify my beliefs and I think anyone and everyone should read this and bring an open mind


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    read the audiobook Dr Foster brilliantly asked the questions what makes women seek an abortion and what happens to them after they get one or are turned away It s become so common to focus on the embryo fetus, but no one ever seems to think about the woman herself, and what the consequences are for her if she is denied an abortion Dr Foster and her team followed over 1000 women, some who got their abortions, some who didn t In The Turnaway Study, Dr Foster looks how the women looking read the audiobook Dr Foster brilliantly asked the questions what makes women seek an abortion and what happens to them after they get one or are turned away It s become so common to focus on the embryo fetus, but no one ever seems to think about the woman herself, and what the consequences are for her if she is denied an abortion Dr Foster and her team followed over 1000 women, some who got their abortions, some who didn t In The Turnaway Study, Dr Foster looks how the women looking to get an abortion, their children and family s lives are affected Not only by asking about their emotional well being, but also their educational goals, career aspirations, financial successes Dr Foster also discusses post 20 week abortions and why they occur It s easy to paint women having these procedures with a broad brush and say you shouldn t have waited so long The question is who put the stumbling blocks there causing women to have to wait longer in the first place There are also some personal stories of women who went to get abortions and either got or were denied their abortions and how their lives progressed from there The narration was stellar, absolutely perfect This book is definitely worth the credit, I absolutely loved it Happy listening reading


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    I am glad this book exists to refute unscientific, biased, and often batshit statements people mostly cisgender men make about abortion I am also incredibly moved by and grateful for the author s efforts to present this information in an easy to understand and groundbreakingly inclusive manner.The book contains mass quantities of statistics about who has abortions, why they have them, and how their lives are better for being able to have them and worse when they are turned away But it also i I am glad this book exists to refute unscientific, biased, and often batshit statements people mostly cisgender men make about abortion I am also incredibly moved by and grateful for the author s efforts to present this information in an easy to understand and groundbreakingly inclusive manner.The book contains mass quantities of statistics about who has abortions, why they have them, and how their lives are better for being able to have them and worse when they are turned away But it also includes individual stories that reflect diverse experiences and outcomes that may beeye opening to some readers.The writing itself is very good, so no one should be reluctant to pick this one up based on concerns that it might be too dry or technical.Overall, highly recommended an especially good resource for students and those interested in how research on hot social topics is done


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    Great book Refreshing take on a hot button issue The Turnaway Study is a review of a unique longitudinal data driven study of women seeking abortion for unwanted pregnancies between 2008 2010 About 1,000 women participated and were tracked for 10 years Foster UCSF recruited women that went seeking an abortion and follow both those that received the abortion and those that were denied the abortion The purpose of the study was to put some data behind many claims purported by both pro choice Great book Refreshing take on a hot button issue The Turnaway Study is a review of a unique longitudinal data driven study of women seeking abortion for unwanted pregnancies between 2008 2010 About 1,000 women participated and were tracked for 10 years Foster UCSF recruited women that went seeking an abortion and follow both those that received the abortion and those that were denied the abortion The purpose of the study was to put some data behind many claims purported by both pro choice and anti abortion advocates that were not well substantiated This is a great book for getting a better understanding of the long term effects of unwanted pregnancies, and how they relate to receiving vs not receiving an abortion The website below is where you ll find a high level summary of findings and explanations on the study design But here are a few high level takeaways Abortion does not increase women s risk of having suicidal thoughts, or the chance of developing PTSD, depression, anxiety, low self esteem, or lower life satisfaction 95% of women said abortion was the right decision for them Women who received a wanted abortion werelikely to have a positive outlook on the future and achieve aspi rational life plans within 1 year Most women gave multiple reasons for seeking abortion, including finances, timing, issues with a partner, and the need to focus on their other children The outcomes for women denied abortions bear out their concerns Most women who sought abortion after 20 weeks were delayed because they did not realize they were pregnant Once women are delayed, financial and logistical barriers push them even later in pregnancy Being denied an abortion reduces women and children s financial security and safety Existing children of women denied abortions werethan 3 timeslikely to live in households below the federal poverty level and they were less likely to achieve developmental milestones than the existing chil dren of women who received abortions.https www.ansirh.org research turna


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    Even though this book is full of lists of very dry but extremely important data I am really glad I read it It dispels essentially all of the myths of the forced birth continent who are bent on destroying Roe v Wade by making it so complicated to get an abortion in some states that only the already privileged and resourced women who can travel and pay can end unwanted pregnancies These people don t fight fair, and they have historically done this by using inaccurate and manipulative propagan Even though this book is full of lists of very dry but extremely important data I am really glad I read it It dispels essentially all of the myths of the forced birth continent who are bent on destroying Roe v Wade by making it so complicated to get an abortion in some states that only the already privileged and resourced women who can travel and pay can end unwanted pregnancies These people don t fight fair, and they have historically done this by using inaccurate and manipulative propaganda about how abortion hurts women and ruins their lives This study shows that the opposite is true.Problematically, people who believe in forced birth frequently don t posses uteruses, don t care about the lives of women in poverty and already challenging life circumstances, and certainly don t do anything to better the lives of the children they work so hard to make sure are born to these women They also don t give a hoot about data from scientific peer reviewed studies that prove them wrong I hope that this study serves women well in the court battles to come.Thank you to the author and all the scientists and women who participated in this study


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    I received an ARC through NetGalley This is an essential book for anyone wanting a comprehensive understanding of abortion in the United States Foster takes an academic study, analyzes it in lay terms, and intersperses data with the words of the women who took part in the study She looks at abortion from so many different angles, and really considers the impact of both receiving and being denied an abortion The issue is humanized with the women s narratives, but Foster also does a phenom I received an ARC through NetGalley This is an essential book for anyone wanting a comprehensive understanding of abortion in the United States Foster takes an academic study, analyzes it in lay terms, and intersperses data with the words of the women who took part in the study She looks at abortion from so many different angles, and really considers the impact of both receiving and being denied an abortion The issue is humanized with the women s narratives, but Foster also does a phenomenal job of doing so simply by writing in an understanding way that evokes compassion This is a must read


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here You HAVE the power to make decisions about your own bodies You exercise that power when you decide to fuck somebody.Once you make that decision and you have a human being inside you, democracy does not mean 3 wolves can have a vote with 2 chickens over who gets to kill who for dinner Note to the stupid We do not live in a democracy Stop using that word You do not understand what it means We live in a constitutional republic You can t violate someone s rights just because the majori You HAVE the power to make decisions about your own bodies You exercise that power when you decide to fuck somebody.Once you make that decision and you have a human being inside you, democracy does not mean 3 wolves can have a vote with 2 chickens over who gets to kill who for dinner Note to the stupid We do not live in a democracy Stop using that word You do not understand what it means We live in a constitutional republic You can t violate someone s rights just because the majority voted to approve it


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    Very interesting study Good data to prove that the anti abortion rhetoric out of our elected officials is in place to continue the structural oppression of women, especially poor women of color Shameful All women deserve bodily autonomy and to control the trajectory of their lives Thank you for this study


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    I received an advanced copy through my work and I m so glad I did I wish I could keep a pocket version of this handy for any future debates I get into related to abortion rights Comprehensive, fact based explanation of abortion in the US.


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The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having—or Being Denied—an Abortion If You Read Only One Book About Democracy, The Turnaway Study Should Be It Why Because Without The Power To Make Decisions About Our Own Bodies, There Is No Democracy Gloria Steinem 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 Cecile Richards, Cofounder Of Supermajority, Former President Of Planned Parenthood, And Author Of Make Trouble A Groundbreaking And Illuminating Look At The State Of Abortion Access In America And The First Long Term Study Of The Consequences Emotional, Physical, Financial, Professional, Personal, And Psychological Of Receiving Versus Being Denied An Abortion On Women S LivesWhat Happens When A Woman Seeking An Abortion Is Turned Away Diana Greene Foster, PhD, Decided To Find Out With A Team Of Scientists Psychologists, Epidemiologists, Demographers, Nursing Scholars, And Public Health Researchers She Set Out To Discover The Effect Of Receiving Versus Being Denied An Abortion On Women S Lives Over The Course Of A Ten Year Investigation That Began In , She And Her Team Followed A Thousand Women From Than Twenty States, Some Of Whom Received Their Abortions, Some Of Whom Were Turned Away Now, For The First Time, The Results Of This Landmark Study The Largest Of Its Kind To Examine Women S Experiences With Abortion And Unwanted Pregnancy In The United States Have Been Gathered Together In One Place Here Foster Presents The Emotional, Physical, And Socioeconomic Outcomes For Women Who Received Their Abortion And Those Who Were Denied She Analyzes The Impact On Their Mental And Physical Health, Their Careers, Their Romantic Lives, Their Professional Aspirations, And Even Their Existing And Future Children And Finds That Women Who Received An Abortion Were Almost Always Better Off Than Women Who Were Denied One Interwoven With These Findings Are Ten Riveting First Person Narratives By Women Who Share Their Candid Stories As The Debate About Abortion Rights Intensifies, The Turnaway Study Offers An In Depth Examination Of The Real World Consequences For Women Of Being Denied Abortions And Provides Evidence To Refute The Claim That Abortion Harms Women With Brilliant Synthesis And Startling Statistics That Thousands Of American Women Are Unable To Access Abortions That % Of Women Who Receive An Abortion Do Not Regret It Five Years Later The Turnaway Study Is A Necessary And Revelatory Look At The Impact Of Abortion Access On People S Lives