Not being able to get an abortion can have negative consequences for women and their children. ANSIRH research shows that women who are denied abortions are more likely to experience financial hardship and poverty and more serious health problems.The wellbeing of their existing children and future children is also negatively impacted.
Denying someone an abortion has more negative consequences than receiving one. ANSIRH research shows that women who are denied abortions are less likely than women who receive one to have enough money to cover basic living expenses like food, housing, and transportation even years later. In the short term, they also report more anxiety, stress, and lower self-esteem.
Many women who want abortions are already mothers. When women want an abortion and cannot get one, it is often worse for their families too. Women denied abortion are at higher risk of poor bonding with their babies, and their existing children are also more likely to be raised in poverty and less likely to meet developmental milestones.
Being denied an abortion can also put women in physical danger. Our work shows that women denied abortion are more likely to stay in contact with violent partners than women who receive an abortion. When they do give birth, they experience more serious health problems than women who receive abortions, such as preeclampsia, hemorrhage, or even death.