S4 E4: When People Have or Are Denied Abortions: The Turnaway Study with Diana Greene Foster


Welcome to our mini-series on Reproductive Justice and Family Planning! Diana Greene Foster, PhD, author of The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having – or Being Denied – an Abortion, sits down with host Tammy Kremer to advocate for reproductive justice and bodily autonomy. She explains that the Turnaway Study found that, “When people are making the decision about what to do with an unexpected pregnancy and they decide on abortion, all the reasons they give us are exactly those outcomes that we see for people who are denied an abortion.” She envisions a world in which “everyone is an equal partner in sex, in childbearing, in contraception, in pregnancy decision-making.” 

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The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having—or Being Denied—an Abortion 

Global Turnaway Study 

ANSIRH: Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Care 

Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health  

Plan C Pills 

“Black Women’s Lived Experiences of Abortion” 

Girlx Lab

CAPTC-Related Training and Resources:  

S3 E9: Abortion and Reproductive Justice Across State Lines    

S2 E2: Speaking Frankly: Supporting Youths’ Choice to Parent with Dr. Aisha May 

Reproductive and Sexual Health Considerations for Trans and Non-Binary People 

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Diana Greene Foster is a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and a researcher at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health. She is the principal investigator of the Turnaway Study in the United States and Nepal, a nationwide longitudinal prospective study of the health and well-being of women who seek abortion including both women who do and do not receive abortion.