Women Most Likely to be Sterilized Also Most Likely to Regret Procedure, Study Finds

Ben Johnson
July 19, 2013


Women who are most likely to be sterilized are also more likely to regret their tubal ligation, according to a new study.

The study found that nearly one-in-four young women in rural areas had been surgically sterilized. Altogether, 39 percent of those women said they regreted their decision.

“Regret is a common response, sometimes within minutes of the decision,” Steve Koob, director of One More Soul Ministries in Dayton, Ohio, told LifeSiteNews.com. “Insurance typically covers sterilization, but only rarely the reversal.”

Women between the ages of 20 and 34 who live in rural areas were nearly twice as likely as those in urban or suburban settings to voluntarily sterilize themselves.

Using government data obtained from the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth, researchers found that 23 percent of rural women had undergone a tubal ligation, as opposed to 13 percent of those in more populated regions. Thirty-seven percent of urban women who were sterilized said they wish they had not ended their fertility.

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