It is commonly believed that anti-abortion advocates may have women who choose to end pregnancy suffering from depression, anxiety and regret. But a new study by researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) suggests that this situation may be flawed.
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For this particular project, the researchers used data from the Turnaway Study, a large-scale survey of 1,000 women from abortion clinics around the country, affecting the feelings reported by women after their abortion. All 667 women – who came from 20 different states – were asked to share their feelings one week after they had finished their pregnancy, then again every six months for a total of five years.
Immediately after their abortion, over 95 percent of women said they had made the right decision – number that increased to 99 percent at the five-year mark.
Apart from very low levels of regret, few women have expressed additional negative feelings, such as anger, guilt or sadness. One week after abortion, 51 per cent of women reported feeling mostly positive feelings (relief and happiness), while a further 20% reported that they had little or no negative feelings. After five years, 84 per cent of women reported having either positive or no feelings, and only six per cent of those reported that they were mainly negative.
Overall, the researchers found that over time, severe emotions in the decision to wind up – even negative ones – declined significantly. More than half of respondents, for example, reported that the decision to get abortion was “very difficult or somewhat difficult.” This group reported higher levels of negative feeling immediately after the procedure than those who did not. difficult decision. But in five years, this same group showed a sharp decline in negative emotions, and ultimately the positive feelings of women who chose that path were easier.
“Even if they had difficulty in making the decision first, or if they felt that their community would not allow, our research continues that the vast majority of women who are aborted believe the right decision,” Corinne Rocca, PhD, lead author. The study and associate professor at the UCSF department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences said in a statement. "
The research is in line with earlier studies on the topic, which found no evidence or “no evidence” of mental health issues being aborted. One study, published in 2013, analyzed women who ended their pregnancy at or near the age limit of the car – meaning that abortion is for the duration of the pregnancy – or that it has been denied abortion due to high nutrition age. (Most abortions are carried out in the United States before 21 weeks).
Those who were not refused abortion reported higher levels of regret and anger than the group who passed through abortion, and lower levels of relief and happiness. Overall, 95 per cent of women who ended their pregnancy said it was a correct decision.
Following the new study, advocates on both sides of the debate are discussing the results.
Olivia Gans Turner, Director of American Abortion Victims, makes a dispute about the results, saying the research is not expanding enough. “It seems that the study shows that we have no problems after five years and so it's OK – if you're able to get into it it'll be ok,” said Turner with Yahoo Lifestyle. “The reality is that we don't often see people seeking help or ties for 10 years or more.”
The President of the anti-abortion group Concernned Women for America, Penny Nance, agrees that she has anecdotal evidence of a dispute about the idea that most women are relief. “This is in complete contrast to what people recovering from abortion,” says Nance with Yahoo Lifestyle, adding that the organization has recently produced a podcast about regrettable women their abortion is going – something she says is meant to help others.
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