You’ve probably heard, from a certain faction not given to great regard for the truth, that any woman who exercises her fundamental right to reproductive choice will be wracked with soul-destroying guilt and anguish for the rest of her life. That is mega-BS.
Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco have been taking part in a five-year study designed to measure the mental, emotional and economic effects that abortion regulations may have on women. Contrary to right-wing myths, the researchers found that ninety percent of women believe that they made the right decision, one week after the procedure. Even in cases where women described feeling some negative emotions such as guilt or sadness, eighty percent still said that it was the right choice for them. Additionally, the research revealed that women who did not have access to abortion services expressed more regret and negative emotion than women who chose to have the procedure.
And speaking of that same faction:
As Katie McDonough notes at Salon, more and more Americans have become familiar with the forced-birther operations known as pregnancy crisis centers. In fact, they are pregnancy propaganda centers. The people who run these storefront centers brazenly lie to the women who show up at their doors. These lies endanger women’s lives. But lying doesn’t matter to them because in their minds any method is okay if it serves their immoral crusade to hamstring women’s reproductive rights.
Their very existence is bad enough. But guess what? If you pay taxes in one of those 34 states, you’re keeping their doors open.
Including Minnesota, and I’m not confident that our current legislature plans to do anything about that.