The initial “unwantedness” of a baby does not last

They found that women’s wants changed. Within a week after being denied an abortion only 65% of women surveyed still wanted one. By the child’s first birthday this was down to 7% and five years later it was only 4%.

These are women who chose abortion. These aren’t women who just thought about abortion, these are women who made it to the abortion clinic, despite travel expenses and the logistics of actually getting there. And yet that initial unwantedness did not last. The wanted or unwanted response to the pregnancy faded. The bond between parent and child persisted.