Vocal anti-abortion activists usually cite one of two reasons for why abortions should be banned – either they say that life is precious and they consider a fetus “life”, or they say that women who go through with abortions will end up regretting them afterwards.
Many have countered the former complaint by saying that if a baby is born in a family that doesn’t want it or doesn’t have the financial income to take care of it, the birth will end up ruining both the life of the child and the life of the parents.
And now, a new survey conducted by the University of California has statistically answered the second complaint – 95% of women who go through with an abortion never regret it.
Corinne Rocca, study researcher and epidemiologist for the University of California (San Francisco), gave a statement saying that those who claim that women suffer psychological harm after having an abortion, and that most of them end up regretting their decision in the long run, are proven wrong by the results of this study.
For their paper, published in the journal PLOS One, the researchers looked at the answers of 667 women and monitored them for three (3) years. Their average age was 25 when the study started, one third of them were white, one third of them were black, 21 percent (21%) of them were Latina, and 13 percent (13%) of them were other races.
The women were also split up in two (2) groups, one included subjects who had their abortion in the first trimester, the other included subjects who had their abortion late in the pregnancy.
For three (3) years after the abortion, the women had to answer a phone survey once every six (6) months so that the researchers could assess their emotional state.
The results were that even though 53 percent (53%) of the subjects admitted that the decision to have an abortion was a hard one to make, a majority of 95 percent (95%) also had no regrets over this decision.
As for their emotional state, they felt very good about their choice, with the most reported emotion being relief.
The results did not chance when the researchers compared the answers of women who had their abortion early in the pregnancy to those of women who had their abortion late in the pregnancy.
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