The latest study was based on telephone surveys Rocca’s team conducted with 667 women who had abortions across 21 US states that have a variety of laws. The first interview took place about a week after the abortion, and the women were interviewed again semi-annually for up to five years.
About half the women said in retrospect that the decision to have an abortion had been a difficult one to make at the time, but five years later 99 per cent said it had been the right one. When asked about their feelings five years on, 84 per cent of the women said they either had mainly positive emotions or no emotions about the procedure. The rest said their feelings were negative.“Majority of women who have an abortion don’t regret it five years on” via newscientist.com
Here at Not-a-Victim we do not disagree with this finding.
Mothers, by and large, do NOT regret their abortions.
The reason people often think otherwise is:
- They have congregated online or in person with the few who DO regret their abortion (ex. post-abortion regret groups, Christian groups, etc.). We congregate with those who are like-minded.
- They work for a Pregnancy Center that offers post-abortive counseling. This counseling, by nature, only appeals to the minority of mothers who regret it. Your counseling group is not reflective of a general sampling of post-abortive mothers.
The truth is that the consciences of aborting mothers become absolutely SEARED in the moments before an abortion and sometimes for the rest of their lives toward the evil they have chosen.
What if you have had an abortion and you DO regret it?
Then we encourage you to acknowledge your sin, repent and turn away from it, and to seek forgiveness in Christ. He alone can redeem you.
Because we care about you, we also warn you that the Bible teaches that simply having sorrow over what you have done is not the same as repenting of your sin.
For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.2 Corinthians 7:10
There is worldly sorrow which only leads to death. We hope that your sorrow leads you to true and godly repentance and new life in Christ.