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A Piece of My Mind
January 1, 2014

Reframing Regret

Author Affiliations
  • 1Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2014;311(1):27-29. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283739

Driving through my home state of Indiana, I was startled by a new billboard—enormous letters proclaiming, “Many women regret their abortion.” The concept of “abortion regret” leapt to the fore in 2007, when Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the possibility of patient regret was one reason for upholding the federal ban on intact dilation and extraction (“partial birth abortion”).1,2 Now some former patients carry mass-produced signs announcing “I regret my abortion” at protests, and others are beginning to carry counterstatements: “I do not regret my abortion.”

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