Abortion in retrospect
Paola Dragnic almost died because of Chile’s authoritarian laws banning abortion, and has written an account of that. Perhaps the scariest part of that article is reading the comments, where pro-lifers argue with each other whether abortion should be available when the mother’s life is at risk.
Researchers at the UCSF School of Medicine looked at responses from women in the years after an abortion, and found that their “predicted probability of reporting that abortion was the right decision was over 99% at all time points over three years.” Which I find surprising, given the prevalence of anti-abortion religious views, something that does not seem much to deter the decision to have an abortion, but that seems likely to affect whether it is viewed as “right” in retrospect. The obvious problem, as with many such studies, is that only 69% of participants were retained at the three-year mark. Would religious guilt cause women to drop out?