However, numbers show that there are still quite a few women who decide to have an abortion, especially due to poverty or at a very young age. Statistics currently show that about 40 percent of unintended pregnancies involve such a procedure.
However, the long-lasting debate over whether authorities should make abortion illegal prompted the researchers from the University of California, San Francisco to conduct a survey. The idea of the study also stemmed from the fact that one of the arguments against abortion is that women regret having done it, shortly afterwards.
The researchers interviewed more than 650 women who had an abortion in various clinics of the United States. The survey was conducted for five years. The women who took part in it were split in three categories, according to the time the period of time during their pregnancy when they decided to have the procedure.
Thus, the first category consisted of women who terminated the pregnancy during the first trimester, the second category terminated it a couple of days before the first trimester and the third category had the abortion after the admitted limit, which is usually 24 to 26 weeks, depending on the state.
The results of the survey showed that 95 percent of them had no regrets regarding the abortion they had in the past. In fact, the negative feelings related to the procedure are rooted in the social perspective on it. Some of them feared being judged by other people and bearing the burden of disgrace.
Among the women who did regret their choice, there were the ones who were uncertain at the time that abortion was the right thing to do and the ones who had other children.
In most instances, the women who wanted a career or were determined to complete their studies, did not express any regret.
“Women in this study overwhelmingly felt that the decision was the right one for them: at all-time points over three years, 95 percent of participants reported abortion was the right decision, with the typical participant having a greater than 99 percent chance of reporting the abortion decision was right for her,” explained the authors.
This survey is not based on one interview alone. The women were asked to answer a set of questions on the day of the procedure and every six months within the following five years.
Even if some of these women did not take part in all the interviews, they still completed at least one of them. This makes the study quite a reliable one and it could make a difference in the way we view women’s right to make a decision about their pregnancy.
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