Though not a double-blind study (obviously impossible for reasons stated in the article), in my clinical experience, post-abortion women have serious psychological stress long term afterwards--often decades afterwards. No woman has ever said that she regretted having her child (again, not a scientific study, but evidence, nonetheless). Many women have regretted marrying the ding-dong who fathered the child and that caused stress, but this strays somewhat from the topic.
The main times it is difficult for a woman who aborted:
- When trying to get pregnant
- When pregnant with a wanted child
- When parenting a teenager
- When sick (with cancer or some other disabling disease)
As an aside, only one woman that I've known to have an abortion, was not in some way coerced or pressured by a man to do so. Again, not a statistical sample, to be sure.
Bottom line, these women all felt and many continue to feel shame, distress and sadness years down the road. Abortion is not universally the "freeing procedure" it has been billed to be.