'Most Women Who Abort Regret it Afterwards'

Veteran Efrat volunteer tells Arutz Sheva how her organization has saved 60,000 babies from unnecessary abortions.

Yoni Kempinski and Arutz Sheva Staff,

Baby (illustration)
Baby (illustration)
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Over the past few months we've been sharing some of the incredible stories of women empowered to reject the pressure opt for an abortion by the Efrat organization.

Ruth Tidhar, EFRAT's chief social worker, told Arutz Sheva what it's like to be on the other side.

"Women come to us when the're at the most dramatic time possible in their lives," she said of the often emotionally-charged situations she has dealt with in the past.

But she claimed that in her experience, deep down most women leaning towards abortion are actually looking for a way out. 

"A lot of the women who come to us have the feeling already that if they had the abortion they are going to be really sorry about it," she said.

"I never try to convince anybody. I say look, here's the facts: we know that women who undergo abortions are sorry about it, (but) out of 60,000 women that Efrat has helped... not one has told us 'I'm sorry that I didn't have the abortion' - not one!"

Tidhar notes that external pressure is usually a key element in pushing pregnant women to seek an abortion, and urged "men all over the world" to "open their eyes" to the fact that in the majority of cases it's pressure from the man in the relationship.

"Where are all the feminist organizations?" she asked. "What about empowering women to do what they want for their life and their body?"

However, she cautions that Efrat's job is not to engage in dialogue with the partner but to "empower" the woman "to go to her partner or her parents... and say 'Look, I love you, I want to be with you, but you cant tell me what to do with my body. It's my body and I have to make a decision.'




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