Tuesday 6 December 2016

Guilt, regret and pragmatism - Irish women and their abortions

Lasting trauma or 'life goes on'? Barbara McCarthy explores whether it's true that most women don't regret having an abortion

Barbara McCarthy

Published 26/07/2015 | 02:30

‘I was living with my grandmother and I hadn’t a penny. I couldn’t afford an abortion, which cost around €400, so one night
I decided to try it myself’
‘I was living with my grandmother and I hadn’t a penny. I couldn’t afford an abortion, which cost around €400, so one night I decided to try it myself’

A recent US survey suggests that 95pc of women who had abortions didn't regret them three years later. Research shows that the women, who came from diverse backgrounds and were closely monitored by the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, felt they made the right choice.

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In light of these statistics, I asked several women in Ireland who have had abortions in the past, how they felt about them now. Did they still think they had done the right thing or had they ended up making a decision that would affect them for the rest of their lives?

"I don't regret any of my abortions, I had six in total," Cora* informed me. "Its not something I'm proud of. I'm not some kind of an abortion factory, but I feel I had no other choices at those times in my life.

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