Safe abortion: 95% of women don’t regret their decision
This article was originally published in 2019 and has since been updated.
The leading emotion women experience after getting an abortion may surprise many. A large number of women have been found to be relieved after an abortion. The majority of women in the study said it was the right decision up to 5 years later. Even those who found making the choice to end their pregnancy difficult expressed the same sentiments.
This study clearly debunks the notion that women regret terminating their pregnancies — a wrong assumption that’s been used to lobby against abortion procedures by anti-choice activists.
Most women who get abortions say it was the right decision
Most people who go to a doctor asking for an abortion are usually sure that’s what they want at that point. There are always exceptions, but most people feel that they can’t get it done soon enough and they’re all relieved after the process. Some women just know they are in no position to bring a child into the world.
For them, the choice isn’t a hard or upsetting one, particularly because they go through a counselling process with a doctor and learn how safe abortions work and why it’s a practical decision for them.
What are some of the reasons for choosing to have an abortion?
A woman may choose to have an abortion because:
- Having a child would interfere with her work, school or other responsibilities.
- She can’t afford to have a child.
- Health-related reasons (includes concern for her own health and/or the health of the foetus)
- She does not want to have children.
Stigma in various communities may affect how women felt about getting an abortion — but not necessarily their decision to have one. Some women often feel that their communities would judge them for seeking an abortion without understanding their reasons.
When you visit Pregnancy by Choice for a safe abortion solutions, you are given pre-procedure advice. The process will begin by firstly confirming the pregnancy, then we help you understand all the options available to you, such as parenting, adoption, or abortion. If you still decide to terminate, our nurses are trained to provide counselling to ensure you are 100% sure of your choice.
Testing early for pregnancy helps you think through your options. Once you’ve made the decision to terminate, let our caring and supportive staff help you. Remember, all our services are completely confidential and judgement-free, so you can feel safe and comfortable at any Marie Stopes centre.
Find your closest branch now or make an appointment to pop in and see us. We can assist you with a safe abortion, and with effective short and long term contraception to keep you protected well into the future.
Source: Marie Stopes South Africa (Safe Abortion and Post Abortion Family Planning)
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