Almost all of women don’t regret abortions

Almost all women don't regret abortions
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The majority of women do not regret having abortions, a new study indicates.

The findings are a stark contrast to previous beliefs about a woman feeling significant psychological trauma after terminating a child – especially when performed late on in a pregnancy.

But a new study by the University of California appears to show these social attitudes may be changing.

In the study, 1,000 women who had abortions were tracked over seven different states in America and asked whether they had regretted their decision to terminate their child.

Researchers looked at women in two groups, those who underwent first-trimester abortions and those who had late-term abortions.

More than 95 per cent of participants in both groups said on balance, feelings of relief outweighed any negative emotions. There was no significant difference between the two groups.

Even three years after the procedure, women still felt the same way, however, external factors were thought to impact a woman’s mental health after the procedure.

For instance, how much stigma over abortions there was in their community and whether the abortion was on a planned pregnancy due to serious fetal health defects.

The study was spearheaded by the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, a think tank at the University of California.

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14 July 2015 | 11:43 am – Source: metro.co.uk

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