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Women denied abortion care due to restrictive abortion laws and policies face prolonged economic hardship. Foster, Diana Greene et al. “Socioeconomic Outcomes of Women Who Receive and Women Who Are Denied Wanted Abortions in the United States.” AM J Public Health,, vol. 108(3), 2018, pp. 407-413, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5803812/. Moreover, “Women denied a wanted abortion who have to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term have four times greater odds of living below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)”. Introduction to the Turnaway Study, Research on Abortion Care, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, March 2020, available at: https://www.ansirh.org/research/ongoing/turnaway-stud. Women’s participation and promotion in the workforce are jeopardized when  denied access to reproductive health services. This results in economic harm to affected individuals as well as to state and regional economies. See Institute for Women’s Policy Research. An Economic Case for Ending Harmful State Policies. The Costs of Reproductive Health Restrictions, https://iwpr.org/costs-of-reproductive-health-restrictions/.

Additional Information

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). “Health Disparities in Rural Women.” February 2014, https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/committee-opinion/articles/2014/02/health-disparities-in-rural-women.

Bai, Nina, As More States Restrict Abortions, Research Points to Negative Health Outcomes for Women, Families, University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), May 22, 2019, https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2019/05/414551/more-states-restrict-abortions-research-points-negative-health-outcomes-women.

Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH),. “The Harms of Denying a Woman a Wanted Abortion Findings from the Turnaway Study.” ANSIRH, UCSF, https://www.ansirh.org/sites/default/files/publications/files/the_harms_of_denying_a_woman_a_wanted_abortion_4-16-2020.pdf.

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