Sunday, February 8, 2004

Most Believe Abortion Makes Women's Lives Worse: "According to the poll, only 16 percent believe abortion generally makes women's lives better. Even among those who describe themselves as 'pro-choice,' less than 30 percent believe abortion generally improves women's lives. In addition, 67 percent of pro-choice women stated they would be 'more likely to vote for a candidate who calls for government support for grief counseling programs to assist women who experience emotional problems after an abortion.'

"David C. Reardon, Ph.D., director of the Elliot Institute, believes the poll results reflect a reality that has long been misunderstood by politicians on both sides of the abortion debate. 'At least one of every four women voters has had an abortion, and most of these women consider it to be an ugly, painful memory,' he said. 'Most have many regrets about their abortions, even if they believe it to have been their "only choice." This is why they don't support the radical agenda of pro-abortion special interest groups. They've been there, done that, and hated it.'

"Based on his studies of post-abortive women and the national polling data, Reardon believes that most post-abortive women would be glad to see abortion go away—but only if it can be done in a way that helps women."

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