New research published in the multidisciplinary academic journal PLOS ONE has found that 95 percent of women who decided to terminate a pregnancy do not regret the decision. The study was commissioned by Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a think-tank at the University of California-San Francisco. The researchers’ conclusion comes after a three-year research period, where nearly 670 women of all social backgrounds were regularly questioned on the subject of their abortions. The study group was diverse in terms of race and the circumstances of their pregnancies and abortions. Researchers also found no difference in mental health outcomes between women who had first-trimester abortions and late-term abortions. The study confirms other research which points to there being no adverse mental health effects from abortions. “As we note in our 2013 paper on women’s emotions one week after the abortion, we found that many women experience negative emotions (anger, sadness, guilt, regret), as well as positive emotions (relief, happiness), with relief predominating,” said Corinne Rocca, Ph.D., MPH, an epidemiologist at the University of California-San Francisco and part of the ANSIRH research team. “We find that the negative emotions experienced at the time of the abortion wane/decrease significantly over three years afterwards. Notably, relief remains the most common emotion.”
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