Why Do 94% of Women Who Had Abortions Say They Regretted the Decision to Abort? 11

According to “Survey of Reaction to Abortion,” The Post Abortion Review,

A survey of post-abortive women found that:

  • 28% attempted suicide
  • 31% experienced suicidal feelings
  • 60% commented that the decision to abort made their lives worse
  • 94% regretted the decision to abort

“Survey of Reaction to Abortion,” The Post Abortion Review, Fall 1994.

You can read more of the complications that occur with women after having an abortion on this page at Our Catholic Faith.

The law of the land in this country allows women to abort their children. For that matter, the decision to abort one’s own child is a matter of choice, de facto, upheld by laws which are ultimately upheld by our nation’s Supreme Court. Since the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, 54,559,615 children have died, because their own mothers decided at the time that was an appropriate choice.

Here is something women considering an abortion need to ponder seriously before making that choice: the vast majority of women who had an abortion regretted it. Why?

I can’t speak for all of them, but any reasonable person would agree that knowing that you decided to end the life of your own child is a difficult choice to live with for the rest of your life. This video speaks brilliantly to that effect. Please, watch it.

Recently, I posted another video in my article, You’ll Never Regret Choosing Life. This video beautifully illustrates the positive side to the story. If you haven’t already seen that video, I encourage you to take a couple of minutes to watch it now, and then ask yourself, which story would you rather choose?


  1. The thought came to me: Your change in focus in this article from fighting the law of the land to reaching into the hearts of women may be spot on. Leads to the question are we being deceived and missing it by spending so much effort towards a change of law. That change will come when the hearts of mankind changes. Hmmm…..

    • I agree with you, Gracie, and we need to take into consideration what effects the campaign against the law can have. Now, I am in favor of overturning the law, and when I participate in events such as the March for Life in DC, I am not simply voicing my support for life and protesting abortion, I am protesting the law. We also need to look at the way we go about this and consider all of the effects. The abortion proponents in the media are very deft at presenting the pro-life position as ugly, because of the way in which we behave some times.

      For example, just compare the two photos in this article: http://www.npr.org/2014/01/15/262788943/justices-appear-divided-on-abortion-clinic-buffer-zones. That tells the whole story for a lot of people, because due to their media preferences, many people will only see it presented that way. That’s not good.

      We need to go about changing hearts. This may be more difficult work, but it is the work that needs to be done. At the same time, my conscience tells me that I must oppose the law. There is a balance that needs to be struck, I certainly do agree.

      • I thought as I posted that it sounded as if I wasn’t totally behind fighting the law. That isn’t true. That fight must continue, meanwhile, however, we cannot let up the real change that matters most and that is the hearts of the women considering abortion as an option. God bless what you do. I was able to share a lot from your resources.

      • I’m with you and especially on this: “we cannot let up the real change that matters most and that is the hearts of the women considering abortion as an option.”

        That is the most important thing, along with the life of the child, of course. They ought to go hand in hand. Perhaps sometimes when we wage the war against the law, we might lose sight of that. We can’t afford to do that, when this is really what it is all about. We should make more effort in this regard.

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  3. Oh my goodness, James, what a powerful video. I agree with you and Gracie. While we have to continue opposing abortion on the political front – March for Life, Life Chain, 40 Days for Life – change is going to come by mercifully reaching out to one person at a time. And the hearts of men who want the abortion have to be changed too, not just the women who are considering it. Thanks for this, James.

    • Thanks, Terry. And we have to remember, Jesus came to us, weak and lowly sinners, out of his love for us. That is the example we have to follow, so that we can bring more men and women to experience him.

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