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The Turnaway Study team of scientists from The University of California San Francisco have created a lecture series which examine the consequences of receiving versus being denied an abortion in the United States. Please find the video lectures below as well as our syllabus with suggested readings and discussion questions.

Course Materials:

The Turnaway Study – Syllabus

Introduction to the series:

Lecture 1: Understanding the context and methods of the Turnaway Study

Lecture 2: Why do women have (later) abortions

Lecture 3: Effects of Abortion on Women’s Mental Health

Lecture 4: The Emotions Women Experience After having an Abortion in the United States

Lecture 5: Physical Health Five Years After Receiving or Being Denied an Abortion

Lecture 6: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use Subsequent to Receiving vs Being Denied Abortion

Lecture 7: Socioeconomic Outcomes of Women Who Received vs Are Denied Abortions in the US


Lecture 8: The Effect of Receiving Versus Being Denied a Wanted Abortion on Educational Attainment 

Lecture 9: Does Having an Abortion Enable Women to Achieve Their Life Plans

Lecture 10: Adoption and the Turnaway Study


Lecture 11: Attitudes Toward Morality/Legality


Lecture 12: The Economic Consequences of Being Denied an Abortion

Lecture 13: The Effect of Abortion Receipt or Denial on Women’s Existing & Subsequent Children

Lecture 14: Intended pregnancy and intimate relationships after receiving vs. being denied a wanted abortion