A response to the NY Times article “What Happens to Women Who Are Denied Abortions?”

Priscilla K. Coleman, Director of the World Expert Consortium for Abortion Research and Education (WECARE) responds to the June 12 NY Times article by Josha Lang called  “What Happens to Women Who are Denied Abortions.” Her article, called “What Really Happens to Women Who are Not Denied Abortions? Best Not to Ask NY Times Journalist Joshua Lang,” points out the serious flaws in Lang’s analysis of the research. She is especially critical of Lang’s reliance on the work of Diana Greene Foster, a demographer and an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco. Foster’s study, which has several serious methodological flaws, reinforces the idea that turning women away from abortion has negative affect on them.


Robert Gotcher is a dogmatic and moral theologian and long-time member of UFL who received his Ph.D. from Marquette University. He and his wife, Kathy, are raising their seven children in Franklin, Wisconsin.