When women regret aborting their unborn babies, they do damage to the claim that abortions are wonderful, essential things that are necessary for women to thrive.

Their stories expose the tragic reality that an abortion destroys the life of a child, so their stories often get ignored.

Brenna Lewis, of Students for Life of America, noted the problem this week in a column at The Federalist, writing how “a movement once sold as ‘pro-choice’ refuses to allow women the freedom to feel loss after receiving an abortion.”

Far from the “safe, legal and rare” ideal promoted in the 1990s, the pro-abortion movement now encourages women to celebrate aborting their unborn babies with pride through campaigns like “Shout Your Abortion,” Lewis said.

Pro-abortion researchers add to the “abortions are good” narrative with biased research, echoed over and over again by traditional news outlets, she wrote.

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Lewis continued:

… a disproportionate number of abortion ‟researchers” are funded by pro-abortion entities.

If, for example, the “everyone loves abortion” research comes from the Bixby Center at the University of California (as it often does), it’s highly relevant that the Center is funded and organized to find in favor of abortion. The Bixby Center trains abortionists through its Ryan Residency Training Program and is funded by population control-loving Warren Buffett, along with Planned Parenthood and their Guttmacher Institute and Gynuity Health Projects, which profits from chemical abortion sales and so on. The Bixby Center is as unbiased on abortion as The Tobacco Institute is on cigarettes.

Abortion supporters and mainstream news outlets often cite these studies without mentioning the researchers’ bias or contrasting them with studies that have found the opposite to be true.

“Widespread abortion regret is supported by data, yet seldom reported. The physical and psychological risks of abortion are well known to those of us who support post-abortive women,” Lewis wrote.

For example, a study in the British Medical Journal found a suicide rate nearly six times higher among women who had abortions compared to women who gave birth. In 2017, another study in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons found an 81-percent higher risk of mental health problems among women who had abortions, including a 110-percent increased risk of alcohol abuse and 115-percent increased risk of suicidal behavior. Other research also has linked abortion to an increased risk of mental health problems.

Then there are pro-life efforts like the Silent No More Awareness Campaign where thousands of mothers and fathers have shared their stories of abortion regret, grief and healing as they mourn for their aborted children.

Lewis reminded women that they do not have to suffer in silence or repress their abortion regret because it does not fit cultural expectations. Many, many mothers and fathers do regret aborting their unborn babies, and “for those who want to process those feelings, the pro-life community is here to help,” she said.

Thousands of pro-life pregnancy resource centers across the U.S. offer post-abortion counseling, and some churches do, too. Other programs include Rachel’s Vineyard, Abortion Changes You, Surrender the Secret, Silent No More Awareness, National Helpline for Abortion Recovery and the Men & Abortion Network.

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