There are more than 40 million abortions performed worldwide every year. This adds up to a rough 0.03 percent women who terminate their pregnancy for various reasons.
The numbers, of course, vary from one country to another, as there are many states where abortion is illegal , so the rates are much lower.
Because terminating a pregnancy can lead to great amount of psychological trauma and regrets, a team of researchers decided to determine how women who had an abortion in the past felt about what they did.
The results of the study, which was recently published in the prestigious journal PLOS-One, were quite surprising. They revealed that 95 percent of the women interviewed thought that they had made the right decision at the time, even if three years had passed since they underwent the procedure.
In order to reach such conclusions, the researchers looked at the answers given by 667 women who had an abortion and accepted to answer various questions as part of a larger survey.
“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,” reported the authors of the study.
They also explained that both the feelings of relief and the negative ones faded away in time, after they had the procedure.
It seems that the negative feelings the women had mostly rooted from the society’s perspective and tendency to blame the women for having an abortion.
Among those who regretted the most were the women who had given birth before or had mixed feelings about the decision at the time. It was also noted that women who had a job or wanted to complete their studies were more determined than, for example, stay-at -home moms.
The aim of the study was to check the theory that many authorities who are against abortion use as argument – that women regret it after a while. The results of this study clearly set to demolish such unfounded theories.
The right to have an abortion is very much under debate in many states all over the world. In many countries, women benefit from counseling after having the procedure and this is highly advisable. Moreover, the authors suggest efforts should be made to combat stigma, which would have a very positive impact on the emotional well-being of these women.
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