The Turnaway Study had a much touted statistic about how few women regret their abortions five years later. Google “women regret abortion,” and see the press coverage. All of the following are referencing the Turnaway Study:
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The Turnaway Study has resulted in many published articles comparing women who obtain abortions versus women who are denied them. The specific article discussing abortion regret is “Emotions and decision rightness over five years following an abortion” and can be found here.
Much of the discussion about this study has focused on whether this statistic is accurate. There are questions about study methods and limitations, and you can read more about that here.
But even if we assume the study is sound, the above press coverage leaves an incomplete picture of the study’s findings. The Turnaway Study also looked at the mental health outcomes for women who went to clinics to get abortions but were turned away (because they were too far along in pregnancy for the clinic’s gestational limits). I haven’t been able to find these particular research results published online [see the post-publication edit below], but here is a picture from my copy of the book “The Turnaway Study,” Chapter 4. Mental Health, page 126:
The highlighted portion reads:
One week after abortion denial, 65% of participants reported still wishing they could have had the abortion; after the birth, only 12% of women reported that they still wished that they could have had the abortion. At the time of the child’s first birthday, 7% still wished they could have had an abortion. By five years, this went down to 4%.
This portion includes an endnote marked “28,” which references this citation: