Denying Women Abortion Access Increases Their Risk Of Falling Into Poverty

From Think Progress:

By Tara Culp-Ressler
on Nov 13, 2012

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco launched a Global Turnaway Study this year to explore the potential social and economic implications of denying women access to legal abortion. And after documenting the experiences of the women who seek to terminate a pregnancy but are turned away from abortion services, the UCSF researchers found that those women were three times more likelythan the women who successfully obtained abortions to fall below the poverty line within the subsequent two years.

The Gawker affiliate i09 summarizes some of the researchers’ preliminary findings, and notes that denying women access to abortion puts a strain on struggling women as well as federal assistance programs. Although the women who participated in the Turnaway Study were in comparable economic positions when they sought abortions, the woman who were unable to terminate their unwanted pregnancies were more likely to have slipped into poverty just a year later:

A year later, [the women who were denied an abortion] were far more likely to be on public assistance — 76 percent of the turnaways were on the dole, as opposed to 44 percent of those who got abortions. 67 percent of the turnaways were below the poverty line (vs. 56 percent of the women who got abortions), and only 48 percent had a full time job (vs. 58 percent of the women who got abortions).

When a woman is denied the abortion she wants, she is statistically more likely to wind up unemployed, on public assistance, and below the poverty line. Another conclusion we could draw is that denying women abortions places more burden on the state because of these new mothers’ increased reliance on public assistance programs.

The UCSF researchers also told i09 that their study did not find any statistical correlation between abortion and drug use, or abortion and clinical depression — in other words, women who successfully obtained abortions did not experience any negative emotional consequences stemming from their decision to end a pregnancy, including an uptick in drug abuse. In fact, the researchers explained, “One week after seeking abortion, 97 percent of women who obtained an abortion felt that abortion was the right decision; 65 percent of turnaways still wished they had been able to obtain an abortion.”

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One Response to “Denying Women Abortion Access Increases Their Risk Of Falling Into Poverty”

  1. steviejayne Says:

    It has been on the BBC news today that a woman was denied an abortion that could have saved her life. The hospital refused to allow an abortion for Savita Halappanavar on the grounds there was still a heartbeat in the foetus.

    Let’s be honest here – Savita Halappanavar was murdered. Murdered by the cowardly politicians who won’t stand up to the kiddie-fiddling priests and murdered by the dogma of a church which is stuck in the middle ages.

    Savita Halappanavar is yet another victim of Pope Benedict XVI who is going backwards at an alarming pace when the rest of the world is moving forwards.

    The Catholic Church has killed thousands of people over the years by persecution, wars, suicide of those who were abandoned by those they loved to appease a murderous church and also the millions in Africa who will die of AIDS because they are denied condoms by the church.

    The defendant is the Catholic church, the offence is murder, the verdict is guilty.

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