Abortion has always been a topic that divides the masses.
On one side, pro-choice people argue that there are a number of valid reasons that make a woman choose to have an abortion. In addition, women have the right to choose what to do with their bodies.
In the opposing side, pro-lifers argue that a child’s life beings at the time it is conceived and that abortion is murder.
Well, the pro-choice world is celebrating today after a new study has found that a vast majority of women who chose to have an abortion, do not regret it.
This is a stark contrast to one of the biggest arguments from the pro-life side, as they claim that getting an abortion causes lifelong psychological pain and stress as women may feel regret their entire life.
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Details Of The Study
The study published at the Public Library of Science or PLOS found out that from the 670 women surveyed, 94% said they did not regret their decision to have an abortion.
During the three year study, the group of women were regularly surveyed on the subject of their abortion. Being from very diverse cultures and backgrounds, from across the US, the women came from all walks of life, were a variety of races, and had differing employment situations.
Of these women, 40 per cent said that financial considerations was the main reason for their abortions, and 36 per cent didn’t feel like it was the right time.
What is most interesting, however is although 53 per cent of the study group found the choice to get an abortion ‘very or somewhat difficult”, an overwhelming majority felt the abortion was the right choice in the end.
Now, this isn’t to say that the women didn’t have an emotional response to their abortions “” rather, the study concluded the responses were normal and even lessened over time, instead of becoming a lifelong regret.
This is something worth celebrating for those who are dedicated to the pro-choice movement. It offers a clear response to the numbers displayed by many pro-life groups, and paves the way for more studies into this important topic.
Abortion in Australia
In Australia, clear numbers on abortion are not available, which has led to a confusing situation, which is often taken for granted by pro-life groups. The reason behind this lack of clarity is that accurate abortion statistics are only available for South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
But, out of these three areas, only South Australia’s numbers are made public.
Researchers often use Medicare statistics to estimate the number of elective pregnancy terminations, but these numbers are flawed as they include miscarriages. So, although we can’t give you concrete numbers, we can give you some concrete facts, as provided by Better Health Victoria.
Abortion is legal in Australia, but the situation around the procedure varies.
In Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory and Victoria, it is legal on request. In Queensland, it is legal for maternal life, health reasons and/or mental health reasons. In South Australia and the Northern Territory it is legal for maternal life, rape, health reasons, fetal defects and mental health reasons. In Western Australia, it is legal for all the same reasons as other States, as well as for economic or social reasons.
Abortion is safe.
In fact, abortion is one of the safest and most commonly performed surgical procedures in Australia. A safely performed abortion will not have any effects on a woman’s fertility later in life, and there is no evidence that abortion causes breast cancer.
Abortion is a common procedure.
As we mentioned before, abortion is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in Australia. For any number of reasons, around one in three Australian women will have an abortion in their lifetime. Although the procedure does carry a social taboo, it should be something that is openly discussed, and socially accepted as a woman’s choice to decide what happens to her body.
Abortion is not the result of bad decisions.
There are lots of reasons that women may not have had a choice to have unprotected sex, including manipulation, rape, coercion, alcohol abuse and drugs. Additionally, studies suggest that over half of all women who have an abortion were using contraceptives when they fell pregnant. The World Health Organisation estimates that, even if all couples used effective contraception every single time they had sex, there would still be around six million unplanned pregnancies every year.
Where To Get Help
If you have questions about getting an abortion, or you want to talk to someone about an unplanned pregnancy, there are lots of support networks available. You can have a talk with your local GP, or make a call or visit to your nearest family planning clinic. You could also drop in to one of the many women’s health centres around Australia. The important thing to remember is that, although abortion can be a big decision, you are not alone.
The study was carried out by researchers from the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UC San Francisco’s School of Medicine, and from the university’s division of biostatistics.