Co-presented by Planned Parenthood, activist and organizer Julie Falbaum, and Booksweet, Reading for Reproductive Rights is a book conversation that will help you deepen your understanding of reproductive rights, find community connection and strength, and support Planned Parenthood. We’ll also talk about opportunities for you to get involved in the fight for reproductive rights.

On Friday, November 3 from 7-8:30 pm at Booksweet (1729 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor), we’ll discuss the non-fiction book The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having or Being Denied an Abortion by Diana Greene Foster, PhD.

This book conversation will be facilitated by State Representative Carrie Rheingans, serving the 47th House District. Rep. Rheingans believes that every policy issue is a health issue. Community and individual health depend on the building blocks of our daily lives — community safety, economic well-being, meaningful relationships, affordable food, the built and natural environment, high-speed internet access and a functioning government with functioning services.

Tickets //

This event is ticketed via Eventbrite, with a suggested donation of $5-$50 (give what you can). 100% of your ticket cost will be donated directly to Planned Parenthood (minus ticketing service fees). Capacity is limited. Get your tickets now.

Can’t attend but want to make a donation to Planned Parenthood directly? That’s great! Please do so on the Planned Parenthood website.

About The Turnaway Study

While book purchases are not required to attend this conversation, your support of Booksweet through book purchases allows this family-owned indie bookshop to stay open and keep making good trouble alongside you. Purchase your copy of The Turnaway Study from Booksweet in-shop (1729 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor) or online (with shipping anywhere on planet earth).

What happens when a woman seeking an abortion is turned away? To answer this question, Diana Greene Foster assembled a team of scientists—psychologists, epidemiologists, demographers, nurses, physicians, economists, sociologists, and public health researchers—to conduct a ten-year study. They followed a thousand women from across America, some of whom received abortions, some of whom were turned away. Now, for the first time, Dr. Foster presents the results of this landmark study in one extraordinary, groundbreaking book.

Judges, politicians, and pro-life advocates routinely defend their anti-abortion stance by claiming that abortion is physically risky and leads to depression and remorse. Dr. Foster’s data proves the opposite to be true. Foster documents the outcomes for women who received and were denied an abortion, analyzing the impact on their mental and physical health, their careers, their romantic relationships, and their other children, if they have them. Women who received an abortion were better off by almost every measure than women who did not, and five years after they receive an abortion, 99 percent of women do not regret it.

As the national debate around abortion intensifies, The Turnaway Study offers the first thorough, data-driven examination of the negative consequences for women who cannot get abortions and provides incontrovertible evidence to refute the claim that abortion harms women. Interwoven with the study findings are ten “engaging, in-depth” (Ms. Magazine) first-person narratives. Candid, intimate, and deeply revealing, they bring to life the women and the stories behind the science.

About Rep. Carrie Rheingans //

Serving her first term representing the 47th House District, which includes parts of Jackson County and Washtenaw County: Columbia Township, Napoleon Township, Norvell Township, Dexter city, Freedom Township, Lima Township, Manchester Township, Scio Township, Sharon Township, and parts of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Township, Grass Lake Township, and Summit Township.

Rep. Rheingans’ passion and career have been in the service of advancing health equity, focused on uplifting minority groups, such as Black, Indigenous, people of color, rural communities, immigrants and LGBTQ+ folks. She sees the differences in the cities, villages and townships across the 47th District and wants to elevate the voices of her neighbors who have ideas for solutions based on their own lived experiences. Learn more at