Of the women surveyed, a majority said the emotions they felt immediately after getting an abortion faded with time.
A new study has suggested that women tend to feel relief, and not regret, after having an abortion. The popular narrative centering around abortion paints a picture of women experiencing negative emotions like sadness, guilt, and regret after getting an abortion but the new study debunks the myth and claims that most women are relieved to not go ahead with an unplanned pregnancy. The study noted that 95% of those surveyed felt that they had made the right decision immediately after the abortion. Within a span of five years, 99% of them felt they had taken the right decision. Over the past year, many celebrities have opened up about having abortions and on how it proved to one of the best decisions they had made. Jameela Jamil and Busy Philipps spoke about getting an abortion when they were starting out in their careers. Jameela Jamil, The Good Place actor called it the "best decision I have ever made."
I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Both for me, and for the baby I didn’t want, and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially. So many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So very cruel.— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) May 13, 2019
A study conducted by ANSIRH shows that while women might experience negative emotions immediately after the procedure, a majority feel they made the right decision in the long term. The researchers from the University of California at San Francisco analyzed the responses of 667 women from 30 different places in the United States about how abortion affects women physically, socially, emotionally and economically, according to a report by The Washington Post. All the women were asked about their feelings about having done the procedure. They were contacted at regular intervals, starting from one week to twice every year since then.
From my circle of six young friends from VERY Republican families, two of us had abortions. One of them was me. Of the times it has crossed my mind in the 47 years since, I have not once had a single regret. Not even once. #YouKnowMe— Lynn (@emt40ish) May 15, 2019
The authors of the study said that they wanted to study the stigma surrounding abortion and how women viewed their decision with time. The study showed that emotions — good or bad — faded with time. “A really interesting finding is how the intensity of all emotions is so low,” said Corinne Rocca, lead author of the study. Of the women participating in the study, 51 percent found experienced positive emotions a week after getting an abortion. 17% said that they had experienced negative emotions while 20% said they didn't experience any strong feelings about terminating their pregnancy. The participants were contacted twice every year and around the five-year mark, more than 80% didn't harbor negative emotions. They were either positive or it didn't bother them much.
Under the new fetal heartbeat bill, a Georgia woman who travels out of state to obtain a legal abortion could be charged with conspiracy to commit murder and face ten years in prison.— Jessica Knoll (@JessMKnoll) May 8, 2019
I am chilled to the bone. pic.twitter.com/pUSE56iIAR
Corinne Rocca said the study had also accounted for those with conservative opinions. “What this study is showing is that there is a small minority who do regret their abortions. I in no way want to reduce the struggles of those who regret their abortions, but it is misguided to take away the options for everyone based on this minority,” said Rocca.
The study busts the myth that women tend to experience strong negative emotions with time after terminating their pregnancy. All the claims that negative emotions will emerge over time, a myth that has persisted for decades without any evidence to substantiate these claims, it’s clear, it’s just not true,” said Rocca. The author added that relief was the strongest feeling women had. “One might think that relief was a short-term feeling that would go away after weeks, but it does not fade like other feelings. Relief was constant.” The study comes at a time when the conservative government aided by appointments in the Supreme Court was looking to pass stricter anti-abortion laws.