First, before we get to my topic, I’d like to say that I am considering a priestly vocation and need prayers.
Now, before I enter seminary, I am thinking about volunteering for the Pro-life Apostolate in my diocese, and wish to understand better the dynamics of this issue.
Now, one argument we use against abortion is that women feel deep, lifelong regret after having an abortion. Now, there are studies that say women do have regrets, and studies that say women do not have regrets.
time.com/3956781/women-abortion-regret-reproductive-health/ - proabortion study - 95% do not have lifelong regrets
1stwaylifecenter.com/abortion-information/ - pro-life site - 93% of women regret
I’m thinking that these studies that do not take into effect the possible lies these women are told if they have regrets. These women who they say have no regrets: are they being told the truth about the abortion procedure and the development of the child in the womb?
I suppose there may be problems with either of the studies, but my solution is this. Whether women regret it or not, they are likely misinformed by the clinics about both procedure and development of the child in the womb. And usually, those women who have regrets are those who likely only learned the truth after having an abortion.
Whatever the true statistics may be, the truth is that women do often feel deep regrets after learning the truth.
My question is this: Are there any folks who have experience reading abortion research from both sides of the issue? What are the limitations or problems you have encountered in the research?