Jul 23, 2015
In the midst of the recent postings of controversial videos discussing the use of fetal remains for medical research, I cannot get away from thinking about abortion. To me, this is a relief. I never want to be able to shake the reality of abortion from my thoughts and prayers.
Ever read something that made you question the validity of your beliefs? For the pro-life person, reading "Decision Rightness and Emotional Responses to Abortion in the United States: A Longitudinal Study", by Rocca et al (2015), might be one of those times.
Published this month, the article has received some significant press based on its findings. It concludes that the 667 post-abortive women studied "experienced decreasing emotional intensity over time, and the overwhelming majority of women felt that termination was the right decision for them over three years." This single study has been cited in numerous articles, hoping to dispel the notion that women suffer from abortion. The titles say it all: "Overwhelming majority of U.S. Women don't regret abortion", "Like 95% of women, I don't regret my abortion – it was the happiest day of my life", "Less than 1% of women regret their decision to have an abortion", "Women rarely regret their abortions. Why don't we believe them?", "Hardly Any Women Regret Having an Abortion, a new Study Finds"… and the list goes on and on.
If these conclusions are true, the Pro-life movement has lost the wind beneath its wings. How can you argue that you are pro-woman when women are reportedly fine with the procedure you do not want them to have? After all, 95% of women is a lot of women.