When it comes to the abortion conversation, pro-abortion advocates love to point to extraordinarily rare cases to justify the masses. This logical pitfall has been present as long as the abortion conversation itself, and it continues to be a primary point of contention in debate.
However, new data suggest that beyond the moral inconsistency of making exceptions for certain circumstances, the majority of women who do choose abortion in these cases still regret it.
Recently, Tennessee Right to Life hosted its annual banquet, gathering prominent speakers like Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, Representative Jason Zachary, and Dr. David Reardon, director of the Elliot Institute and associate scholar with the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
One of the main points of the discussion hit on this exact issue: abortion exceptions, particularly in cases involving rape or incest. Considering abortionists speak for these individuals so often, Dr. Reardon and his research team decided to actually go out and speak with them. They sought the opinions of women who had opted for abortion after becoming pregnant as a result of rape or incest. They then asked these women about their experience with receiving an abortion.
The findings of Dr. Reardon’s study come as no surprise. Among the women surveyed, 33% responded that their abortion decision was in alignment with their values and preferences. A significant number, 47%, acknowledged accepting the abortion but felt that it ran contrary to their values and preferences. A further 20% stated that the abortion was unwanted and conflicted with their values and preferences, with 10% of these reporting that the abortion was coerced and entirely against their wishes and values.
What stands out most prominently from these figures is that 67% of women who had become pregnant as a result of rape or incest expressed either dissatisfaction with or a lack of desire for their decision to undergo an abortion. In even the most difficult circumstances, women who choose abortion still regret it.
Ultimately, this reality should not come as a surprise. Simply put, the fact that an unborn baby is a human life is too obvious to be suppressed indefinitely. Though abortionists will continue to blatantly deny it, no amount of pushback can change a fundamental biological truth.
The idea that an unborn child would ever be classified as subhuman is overtly unnatural. The only way one would ever come to such a conclusion is if there was an incentive to do so. Using basic probabilistic logic, one can quickly infer that it is much more reasonable to say that a fetus simply possesses human identity from conception onwards than to attempt to arbitrarily assign that status at some given point.
Time and time again, new research such as the aforementioned study shows that severe mental repercussions are one of many consequences that women who choose to get an abortion may suffer from. Ultimately, most individuals at some level know that an unborn baby is undoubtedly human, and this reality haunts those that attempt to suppress it to receive an abortion. For the sake of both the unborn and women, the abortion movement needs to be frozen in its tracks.