Do women regret abortions?


There is no evidence that abortion causes serious mental health issues for women. Research from the US indicates most women who have abortions feel that they made the right decision three years later. Women who experienced less support and more stigma about their decision to have an abortion were more likely to experience more negative emotions[1].

[1] Rocca C, Kimport K, Roberts S, Gould H, Neuhaus J, Foster D. Decision Rightness and Emotional Responses to Abortion in the United States: A Longitudinal Study. PloS ONE. 2015;10(7):1-16. DOI: For a good overview of the research in this area please see: Black K. Some women feel grief after an abortion, but there’s no evidence of serious mental health issues. The Conversation; 2018 [cited 2019 April 9]. Available from: