The Turnaway Study in Perspectives

A prospective longitudinal study launched by researchers in California in 2008 took an innovative approach to examining the effects on women of unwanted childbearing. The Turnaway Study, which recruited participants from clinics throughout the United States, includes both women who had an...

Inside George Tiller’s Clinic

In May 2009, Dr. George Tiller, one of the few U.S. providers who performed third-trimester abortions, was assassinated at his church by an antiabortion activist. Dr. Tiller was admired in the abortion community not only for his courage—he and the staff of his clinic in Wichita, Kansas,...

Abortion Before and After Legalization

It is easy for Americans to forget that illegal abortion was common before the 1973 Supreme Court decisions that legalized the procedure across the nation—and that denying women access to legal abortion does not prevent them from having abortions, but just increases the likelihood that they will...

Emotional and Mental Health After Abortion

What abortion opponents claim: Having an abortion leads to emotional distress, negative feelings or mental health problems.

What the research shows: Women’s feelings after having an abortion vary, but several studies published in Perspectives...

Women’s Reasons for Having an Abortion

Why do women in the United States have abortions? An analysis published in Perspectives in 2005 used a mixed-methods approach to examine this question—a topic that had not been investigated for nearly 20 years....

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