On June 24th, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade and eliminated federal protection for abortion care. The landmark Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision has rolled back access to abortion healthcare and its impact is already being felt nationwide. Research from The Turnaway Study shows that when people are unable to get wanted abortions, there are profound risks to their health and economic security as well as a shift in the trajectory of their lives, with negative effects on their relationships, aspirational plans, and the wellbeing of their children. This follow-up, longitudinal study will focus on those denied abortion due to restrictions allowed under the Dobbs decision and those served an abortion just before the restrictions went into place.
The Turnaway Study shows that abortion denial causes harm. It also demonstrates that people who receive an abortion are more financially stable, set more ambitious goals, raise children under more stable conditions, and are more likely to have a wanted child later. The current study will focus more on burdens to getting an abortion after denial, harm reduction strategies, and narrowing in on economic, health, and legal risk outcomes, rather than psychological.