Most of the women who were denied were already in the second trimester, beyond the point where they could order pills online.
So nearly all the women carried the unwanted pregnancy to term.
She leads the nationwide Turnaway Study, the first major longitudinal study examining the physical and social consequences for women who have been denied wanted abortions.
She answered some questions about the new wave of abortion restrictions nationwide.
But that best-case scenario does not describe many, many women who don't have regular periods and therefore wouldn't miss it in time.
It means lots of women won't know that they're pregnant in time to get an abortion.Abortion is often seen as just a political issue, but one-quarter of American women will have an abortion over their life, so it is extremely common.And the risks around pregnancy are some of the greatest risks that women of reproductive age face.Research at UC San Francisco and elsewhere has shown that without access to abortion services, more women carry unwanted pregnancies to term and that this can have negative health consequences for these women and their families.Diana Greene Foster, Ph D, a professor in the Department of Obstretrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and director of research at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), has done groundbreaking work on the effect of unintended pregnancy on women’s lives.We also looked at the next child born after a woman was able to receive an abortion compared to the child born because the woman was denied an abortion.The kids born after an abortion were themselves more likely to come from a planned pregnancy, they are more likely to have positive maternal bonding with their mother. One of the major things that slow women down is not realizing they were pregnant in the first place.When you ask women, “Why do you want to have an abortion?” their reasons for wanting to have an abortion are a good predictor of what the consequences are when they're denied.Women report more serious complications from birth than they do from abortions.Six percent of women who gave birth compared to 1 percent of women who received an abortion reported a potentially life-threatening condition, things like preeclampsia and postpartum hemorrhage.