Study claiming 95% of women don’t regret their abortions has been flawed
With the U.S. Supreme Court possibly about to overturn Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion nationwide, a study that purportedly shows what happens when women are denied abortions has garnered renewed attention by the media. But pro-lifers warn that the study's flawed methodology casts doubt on many of its conclusions.
Demographer Diana Greene Foster and her research team conducted The Turnaway Study from 2008 to 2010. The study asked 30 abortion facilities throughout the country to select 1,000 women who had abortions or were “turned away” and gave birth due to being beyond the gestational limit as study subjects.
After interviewing study participants for five years, researchers concluded that women who were denied abortions experienced worse economic and mental health outcomes than those who had abortions. The study states it found no evidence that abortion has negative side effects on women’s emotional well-being, claiming that 95% of participants who had abortions felt it was the right decision.
Diana Greene Foster did not immediately respond to The Christian Post’s request for comment, but in a Tuesday interview with National Public Radio about the court’s pending ruling in a Mississippi abortion case, she said: “The Turnaway Study was not designed with this moment in mind, because in my worst nightmares, I did not imagine that we would see an end of Roe so quickly.”