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Study: Women's health worsened over 5 years after being denied an abortion

States across the country are tightening regulations on abortion providers in the name of protecting women's health. But a long-term study of women who sought abortions has found that those who ended their pregnancies reported slightly better health than their counterparts who requested the procedure but were denied.

The findings, reported Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that a woman's access to abortion may influence her health over time - providing new fodder for the highly charged debate.

"Having an abortion is not necessarily dangerous or harmful to women, but being denied one may be," said study leader Lauren Ralph, an epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco. "The argument that abortion is harmful to women,

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