The stigma against the termination of unwanted pregnancies has changed over the years, and now, a recent study reveals that the majority of women who have had an abortion do not regret their decision.
A study by PLOS ONE at the University of California showed 95 percent of women who terminated their pregnancy believe that the choice was right for them at the time. Researchers talked to 667 women who had abortions in 30 facilities across the country. For three years, researchers checked in with the women through phone surveys to assess their positive and negative feelings about the experience.
The Washington Post reports:
They found no difference in post-abortion experiences between women who had early abortions and those who had late ones: “Notably, we found no differences in emotional trajectories or decision rightness between women having earlier versus later procedures.”
Although the amount of women questioned was small, researchers believe the findings will change the conversation about the effects of abortion. Developing negative feelings about the experience isn’t a sure-fire sign of regret.
You can find more on the study here.
SOURCE: The Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY