While science is always important, new studies about abortion should be met with a certain amount of skepticism. The latest example is this supposed groundbreaking research called the Turnaway Study. Unsurprisingly, the survey found that 95% of women who had abortions didn’t regret their decision. But that is likely only one small part of the story as this study is just another way to push a pro-abortion agenda.
The Turnaway Study was conducted out of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, which is part of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). According to the researchers, the Turnaway Study was a 2008-2010 project that “rigorously examined the effects of receiving versus being denied a wanted abortion on women and their children.” The Bixby Center proclaims that it is “one of the few research institutions to unflinchingly address abortion, investigating multidimensional aspects of abortion care in the United States and globally.”
It should go without saying, that Bixby Center is one of the country’s leading pro-abortion research groups. In addition to studying abortion, the organization considers abortionists its investigators. One of their investigators, Dr. Jennifer Kerns, recently concluded a research study that “measured the effect of digoxin injection in Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) procedure duration.” In laymen’s terms, she tried to determine how effective poison is at killing preborn babies between 20 to 24 weeks gestation and its effectiveness on the dismemberment process. This study was posted on clinicaltrials.gov, but sponsored by UCSF.
The type of study that Dr. Kerns conducted has elements of Josef Mengele’s experiments, the infamous Nazi scientist who conducted horrific human experiments at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
It’s fairly easy to see that the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and the UCSF is far from an impartial observer or researcher when it comes to abortion.
The study was conducted through a series of interviews with 956 women over a five-year period and of women 15 or older. Due to the age of some of the participants, it is unlikely that they’ve been able to fully process their decision.
But the biggest problem with the study is that the name gives away its intention. It’s called the Turnaway Study for those who have been turned away from abortion due to gestational age limits, which were a portion of the women included in the study. The women who were able to get the abortion were portrayed as having a more positive outcome than the women who were prevented from getting the abortion that they wanted.
As a result, the authors appear to conclude that there shouldn’t be any abortion limits, and that abortion is the better option for any woman.
That’s faulty logic. While it is difficult to find, since there is so little money and interest in studying the negative aspects of abortion within the scientific community, there are some studies that show women do experience trauma as the result of an abortion (most are from Europe).
According to a different study, the feelings of anxiety increase marginally after an abortion. About 13-41 percent of women who’ve had an abortion also experience some level of depression and a lower self-esteem. Substance abuse of alcohol and other illegal drugs were also reported. Women who’ve had abortions are also more likely to experience violence at some point in their lives. The rate of violence that a woman experiences and her anxiety will increase the more abortions she has during her lifetime. A study in Finland even revealed that the most common form of death after an abortion was suicide.
Abortion is not an easy decision. Glee actress Naya Rivera, who aborted her first child, shared what is probably the truth for many, many women who have experienced an abortion: “I don’t think I ever emotionally healed from the abortion, which is why it is so mind-blowing that some people think having an abortion is the carefree girl’s No. 1 choice to keep on partying. In reality it is anything but an easy choice. In some ways, I think choosing to have an abortion is almost harder than choosing to have your child because you make that choice knowing, or at least suspecting, that many moments of your life will now be tinged with regret.”
This is a reality that the team at Turnaway Study wants to ignore.