Governor Kristi Noem pretends that her new abortion bans are meant to protect mothers. Like most words from Noem’s mouth, science says that’s horsehockey. Abortion does not harm women; denying them their right to control their pregnancies does:
That’s where the Turnaway Study comes in. It’s a 10-year look at nearly 1,000 women at 30 abortion clinics who got abortions or were “turned away” because they were too far along in their pregnancies. “We were interested in answering the question ‘Does abortion hurt women?'” said Diana Greene Foster, the study’s lead researcher and author of the book The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having — Or Being Denied — An Abortion. Abortion foes for years have claimed that abortion harms women’s mental healthand causes physical problems as well.
Data from the Turnaway Study has resulted in the publication of more than 50 peer-reviewed studies, and the answer to nearly all the questions asked, said Foster, is that the women who got abortions fared better in respect to economics and health, including their mental health, compared with those who did not have abortions.
“We see large immediate differences in the economic well-being where women who were denied abortions are more likely to be poor, less likely to be employed, more likely to say they don’t have enough money for basic living needs,” she said [Julie Rovner, “Americans Are Divided on Abortion. The Supreme Court May Not Wait for Minds to Change,” NPR: Shots, 2022.01.21].
The only life Kristi Noem is protecting with her anti-abortion politics is her own political life. We need a Governor who will speak the truth about abortion bans and the harm they do to women.