Findings: women who were made continue a pregnancy they did not want were less hopeful about their future (e.g. education and employment), had worse physical health, were more likely to be living in poverty and were more likely to find it difficult to escape abuse. The study is ongoing and explores the mental health, physical health, and socioeconomic consequences of being denied an abortion.

Write-up from feministing.

This unsurprising finding comes from the latest installment in an ongoing study exploring the mental health, physical health, and socioeconomic consequences of being denied an abortion. As we’ve covered, ANSIRH’s Turnaway Study has previously found that women who wanted an abortion but weren’t able to get one had worse physical health, were three times more likely to be living in poverty, and had a harder time escaping an abusive relationship down the road.

In this latest study, the researchers asked respondents who’d either just gotten an abortion or just missed the cut-off to get one about their personal hopes and dreams for the next year. Many of their plans were related to their education and employment, as well as less concrete but equally important aspirations like “wanting to be happier, to be less stressed, or to be healthier.” Most of the women in both groups had a pretty positive outlook, which is an incredible testament to human strength. As the study’s lead author, Ushma D. Upadhyay, told The Establishment, “Women are resilient and most women had positive visions for their future, including those who were recently denied an abortion.” But the women who’d been able to get the abortion they sought were both significantly more likely to have aspirational goals and to have achieved them a year later.

“Popular support for abortion is often based on a desire for women to have access to life opportunities,” Upadhyay says. “Until now, we have had little evidence to support this premise.” Of course, that’s not exactly true. Perhaps we’ve never have a quantitative study with a control group conducted by an academic institution. But, as the study points out, we’ve heard plenty of people report that they’ve had an abortion because “the timing isn’t right” or they’re “not ready to be a mother” or a baby would “dramatically change their lives.” And I frankly refuse to believe that there is an adult on the planet who doesn’t know — even without a study backing it up — that this is true: having a baby will dramatically change your life. I’m not convinced that the problem is that anti-choicers haven’t considered what being forced to have a baby against your will might do to your own life plans — I think it’s that many of them just don’t care. Often, the anti-choice comeback to hearing people’s reasons for having an abortion is simply: Well, then you should have thought about that before you had sex.

© and source/ rest: feministing.

Link to study: ansirh.org.

(Excerpt etc. first posted on feimineach.com. Orig. attribution above.)

#todayin: who would have thunk it! Study finds women denied abortions negatively affected (from @feministing)