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Study Says Most Women Don't Regret Abortion

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"Most women fare very well emotionally," agrees David Grimes, MD. "It's important to understand that abortion is not a problem, it's a solution. The problem is the unintended pregnancy. When that is behind them they oftentimes will feel much better. But it is well documented that relief is the overwhelming response of most women."

Psychological counseling is routine at most facilities that perform abortions.

"It's mainly a discussion about the risk, benefits and alternatives and then a discussion of contraceptive options after the procedure," Grimes tells WebMD. Grimes is vice president of biomedical affairs at Family Health International, a nonprofit group in Research Triangle Park, N.C., that helps women and men obtain access to family planning services and methods.

Both Adler and Grimes say the findings highlight the need to identify and provide extra support and counseling to women who may be experiencing depression or other problems prior to an abortion and may be at risk for problems afterwards.

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