A groundbreaking new study has shed light on a horrific consequence of denying abortions to victims of domestic violence: It binds them to violent partners.
From 2008-2010, the Turnaway Study examined the effects of unwanted pregnancies on women’s lives and what happens to women who aren’t able to obtain the abortions they want. The findings, published in BMC Medicine, reveal a strong correlation between abortion access and remaining in abusive relationships.
Researchers found that incidents of violence declined among women who were able to have an abortion, but not among women who carried their pregnancies to term. When women are denied an abortion – often because they are over the legal gestational limit – the abusive men are likely to remain in their lives.
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According to demographer and principal investigator Diana Green Foster, “being unable to have the abortion tethered women to violent men…
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