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Pro-Life Advocates Criticize Study Claiming Most Women Don’t Regret Their Abortions

WASHINGTON — Many prominent media outlets, including CNN and The Washington Post, featured a study this week, conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, claiming that five years after their abortions 84% of women felt positive or no emotions about their abortions. But pro-life researchers and groups like Silent No More and Project Rachel, which focus on counseling post-abortive women, have called into question the  study’s source and methodology.

The study analyzed data from the “Turnaway” study, which collected data from women who sought abortions at 30 abortion providers between 2008 and 2010. Only 37.5% of those women eligible to participate consented, only 956 women actually completed the first round of baseline interviews, and just 71% of those women remained in the final two years of the study.

The new analysis was of the negative or positive emotions of 667 of these women five years after their abortion.

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