By Paul Sachdev
Sachdev provides a detailed examination of the psychological impact of abortion on women. Based on in-depth interviews with a sample of unmarried women aged 18 to 25, the study records quantitative and qualitative information related to the sexual and contraceptive practices of these women, their reactions upon becoming pregnant, the factors that prompted them to seek abortions, and their feelings after having the procedure. While other studies have underscored the negative psychological consequences of abortion, Sachdev emphasizes that abortion is generally a positive experience with few adverse psychological consequences. Throughout, the actual statements from the women are used to highlight relevant points.