“We’ve seen similar arguments used to accept state abortion restrictions: things like waiting times or state-prescribed consent forms or counseling forms that say everyone must be consulted before an abortion because they may have mental health. hurts and regrets, “Dr. Rocca continues. But that’s not what the Turnaway Study data found, which means that pretending to care about the mental health of abortion seekers is actually a fake flag.
Immediately after the abortion, study participants expressed a number of positive and negative emotions; including sadness and anger, yes, but also happiness and relief. “Relief, as we expected, was the most common emotion,” says Dr. Rocca. According to her, the intensity of all emotions decreased over time, and after five years, those who underwent abortion stated that they seldom thought about it on average. Relief remained the predominant reported emotion, and at all time points in the study – regardless of reported emotion – more than 95 percent of participants reported “correct decision” or the feeling that they had made the right decision.
In contrast, those who have been denied abortion (or “averted”) have reported primarily negative mental health outcomes in the short term after being denied surgery for about six months to a year. Dr. However, Rocca says that these mental health outcomes in this group have also subsided in the long run. “Where we have actually seen the negative effects of abortion rejection, they have been in other areas [of their lives]. [Those] who were denied abortions were two to three times more likely to live in poverty. They suffered more from side effects on physical health, “says Dr. Rocca. “Abortion is a very safe procedure and childbirth can be dangerous. There are health risks involved, and this was really reflected in the data, “he says.
As with everything related to mental health, assessing the impact of abortion on the human psyche is a difficult task. There are scientific and ethical limitations to fully and definitively answering the question of how abortion can affect a person’s mental health, as well as the prejudices of the researchers themselves, but potential long-term commitments, such as the Turnaway study, which reflected an abortion-like sociodemographic population. patients in the United States – are a good start. These types of studies, like all things related to reproductive rights, are the fairest when they get the vote of a pregnant woman of all demographic groups.
However, there are studies that fail to take a 360-degree view of the lives they seek to speak for; these are often offered by those who support anti-selection legislation. Abortion in women’s lives, a report published by the Guttmacher Institute, found that although some studies report a causal link between abortion and negative mental health outcomes, “many of these studies have methodological shortcomings that make it impossible to draw a causal link.” The report concludes that these studies fail to adequately control many factors, including, but not limited to, social or demographic characteristics, pre-existing mental or physical health conditions, childhood exposure to physical or sexual abuse, and other risky behaviors, resulting in imperfect picture related to the mental health of the subjects.