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The Turnaway Study ☄ [PDF / Epub] ☃ The Turnaway Study By Diana Greene Foster ✓ – “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 Gr “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 The Turnaway PDF/EPUB or debate around abortion science data and the real life experiences of people from diverse backgroundsThis should be reuired 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 conseuences—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 conseuences 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.

  • ebook
  • 368 pages
  • The Turnaway Study
  • Diana Greene Foster
  • 20 October 2014
  • 9781982141585

10 thoughts on “The Turnaway Study

  1. Suzy Suzy says:

    Thank you to Scribner for an advanced copy of this bookTHE 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 eg 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 the fundamental reasons why politicians don’t want people to have abortions like capitalismTARGET 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 studyNARRATIVE 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 uotes 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 chaptersI’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 conseuences 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 were likely 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

  2. Lindsay Nixon Lindsay Nixon says:

    I am adopted so my “pro choice” stance often baffles people “How would I feel if my mother aborted me?” Discusses Below This incredible research study shows the affects abortion or not being able to get one has on women If you believe that abortions hurt women eg it causes depression PLEASE READ THIS BOOK10 stars for the research 10 stars for the writing 10 stars for the narrationI AM PRO WOMEN — For most of my life I didn’t have an answer for the uestion posed to pro choice adoptees “what if your mom”UNTIL I read Freakanomics which changed my entire perspective and beliefs on abortion Prior to that book my Catholic upbringing made me feel bad or guilty around abortion but secretly I still wanted to know I would have that option if I got pregnant before I was ready Then as I got older and friends had abortions for myriads of reasons I came to the conclusion that My faith or my ethics or my views of morality cannot decide the fate of another adult That is my stance on abortion is not a uestion about my faith or my beliefs unless I am the person getting one I recognized I diddo not want others beliefs to be made or treated as superior than my own nor did I want someone else’s opinion or belief to decide what happens to my body or my future or anything Plus I struggle to know the best course of action for me the person I know than anyone else—this means no other person especially not a man knows what’s better or best for me and eually I cannot know what’s best for someone else Science might though and this book shows that kind ofAnyway FREAKANOMICS changed my opinion on abortions they reduce crime and poverty and now this book changed my opinion on adoption because it shows how abortions help women in numerous ways if they want one and that turning a woman away can greatly greatly harm herWhile I am grateful for the sacrifices my biological mother made I also would be okay with not being born if it had made her life better If there was an option to push a button and “revert” I would even knowing it would end my life Thankfully while the pregnancy was arduous on my mom and the adoption heart breaking my adoption was mostly positive FOR HER in that it did what it was supposed to do my adoption gave her a promising future; it gave her the chance to finish her education and get marriedhave kids when she was “ready” older While my childhood was not charmed and I’m still coming to terms with the abuses I endured living in an alcoholic and narcissist nest attachment issues it could have been much worse and without my trials I wouldn’t be where I am today right? Would my life have been better if I was raised by a single teenage mother? I don’t know I am grateful for my life her life and the subseuent lives that came out of my adoption but I will forever and ever stand on the side that supports women and their right to an abortion I will also respect every woman who has made that decision and if that is you I want to say you are incredible You are strongYou are resilient And the choice you made was one choice but it does not define you in my eyes Love to all you ladies

  3. Leo Walsh Leo Walsh says:

    Politicians and activists both pro and anti abortion present many gory looks at the impacts of abortion The anti choice crowd crows on about potential health and mental traumas a woman aborting faces While the pro choice crowd points to the high mortality rate that old school do it yourself abortion methods like inserting coat hangers into uteruses used to cause and the high mortality rates of those procedures None of those though is grounded in reality Diana Greene Foster's THE TURNAWAY STUDY however is Foster was the lead researcher on a deceptively simple decade's long eponymous study performed by San Francisco University's medical school to study the impact of abortion on women's physical and psychological health Here's what Foster's team did They surveyed two groups of women entering several abortion clinics throughout the US hoping to receive a late term abortion One group was just before the clinics' cutoff and were granted an abortion The second group was too late and were thus turned away leading to the study's turnaway name And they followed up with these women for a decade with a long involved uestionnaire The findings were stark They present a much stronger compelling case for allowing a woman power over her body than activists using hyperbolic coathanger tactics Becasue abortion it turns out is better for the mother better for her pre existing children and better for tax payers since they consume fewer resources like SNAP benefits Here are a few highlights there are many others in the book all of which were statistically significant— Women receiving abortions fared better economically over the ten years based on objective data like income and credit scores— Women forced to give birth often stayed in abusive physically dangerous relationships out of financial necessity while women who received an abortion were able to free themselves often than not finding a better life companion — Women giving birth had a HIGHER RISK OF MORTALITY of serious physical injury due to childbirth when compared to women who received an abortion — The already born children of women who received an abortion were better fed clothed and educated than the preexisting children of women forced to give birth— The women receiving an abortion were not psychologically damaged but were better off psychologically than were the women turned away — Over 90% of the women who were pregnant practiced contraception which failed These facts are amazing Like all scientific studies they beg to be replicated but as it stands there is a stark rational case that abortions are not as dangerous as crazy anti choice advocates like Project Rescue would have you believe And lest you think the data would be dull the science is peppered with several accounts of women given in their own voices Some were given abortions others were turned away All place real human faces on those dry numbers which is a huge part of what makes this book so captivating Five stars for popularizing such an insightful creative and important study While I doubt this will silence the blow hards on either side it places the debate on a solid empirical footing

  4. Danielle H Danielle H says:

    This was a really interesting book and I think the fact that this research was done is incredibly important However reading it all from cover to cover which is I know not a mandatory way to read a non fiction text of course it did get somewhat repetitive at times

  5. Melanie Melanie says:

    5 stars for the study itself and its findings which are fascinating monumentally important and deserve to be shared and discussed widely4 stars for the writing which was occasionally repetitive and somewhat dense in parts In particular the tables and graphical representations of data could have been a bit better introduced and easier to read That said the methodology and findings were generally presented in a readable and accessible way which is always difficult to do in a book like this Moreover the addition of first person narratives from women who either had or were denied abortion was a wonderful humanizing touch that really brought home the importance of the research and helped to color the story told by the dataUltimately an important read for anyone concerned with reproductive justice which should of course be all of us

  6. Rachel Blakeman Rachel Blakeman says:

    A book about women’s ability and decisions to have an abortion is not going to be a best seller where I live which is a disappointment regardless of where one stands on this medical procedure Good things conversational writing style not one of those books that reads like an academic paper personal stories that help illustrate points highlights of the findings that anyone can understand even if they don’t like them Unfortunate things a long middle that kind of drags on; she makes her point and then makes it again and again; the personal stories start to run together and lose some of their impact Worth a read but it probably could have accomplished the same things in a longform magazine article

  7. Ashley Hubbard Ashley Hubbard says:

    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 deniedThe book is the result of a ten year study in which Foster and her team compile research from nearly 1000 women Over the ten years the women are contacted every six months to discuss their life goals current status well being and so onThe stories that Foster highlights in the book are but a small percentage of those included in the study but they are profound and importantWhat this book does than anything is given a voice to the real people affected by the access or lack of access to abortion the women and her childrenWhile 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

  8. Jill Jill says:

    I've always considered abortion in the abstract but have rarely heard the intimate stories of women who seek them This book was eye openingWomen seek abortions to avoid being tethered to an abusive partner to delay parenthood until they are emotionally and financially prepared to improve their employment prospects to allow for resources to be given to existing children to give themselves a chance to finish an education find love travel or otherwise chase their dreams Women who seek abortions are not careless They may lack access to or knowledge about birth control Or they may have used birth control methods that failed Women who seek abortions have carefully and thoughtfully considered the alternatives and are confident in their decision I was shocked to discover that the reason behind women seeking later abortions is that they didn't discover they were pregnant until they were further along So it is a complete misconception that women purposely delay seeking abortions because they cannot decide whether to have one So it is unhelpful and cruel for states to mandate ultrasound viewings and waiting periods These barriers don't affect women's decisions and just delay abortions These and all other barriers to abortion do not improve women's or children's lives Access to safe and cheap abortions improve women's and children's lives

  9. Krista Krista says:

    This book is impressive in not only the design of the study but all the information they discovered from it It was data intensive with facts percentages and findings on every page but the author broke it up with stories from women who represented those who received or were denied an abortion Prior to this study the effect abortion had on women’s mental state was unknown and poor mental state was often uoted as reason to limit access to or ban abortion Because of this study we know officially that that’s crap Worth the read just to see the design of the study and it’s findings At times it was hard to slog through but if someone likes numbers this might be your jam “To paraphrase Justice Ginsburg abortion is not just about fetal versus women’s rights It is about women’s control over their own lives” The takeaway from this is simple Trust women Trust that they know what they are doing because they do

  10. Anja Anja says:

    This book was so thoughtful well researched and accessibly easy to read that I was very impressed Throughout the course of 10 years women who've both had and been denied an abortion are surveyed about their aspirations children if they have any relationships and financial situations The book aims to answer the fundamental uestions of Does abortion hurt women? and What are the harms from not being able to access a wanted abortion?I tried to check my opinions beliefs at the door and along with the researchers was pleasantly surprised by some of the results Other results were not as surprising to me Although every woman and woman's situation is different there's enough similarities even across racial class financial and religious divides to really back up this ground breaking work My favorite part is how they received permission to share some women's stories in their own words It really put a human face to different experiences and made me think deeply about this issue from multiple viewpoints which I appreciated Also the data accumulated is astounding and if you can't access or read the book I would also suggest checking out the website wwwturnawaystudycomThanks to Scribner for awarding me a copy via a Goodreads giveaway All views presented are my own

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