Reasons Women Have Induced Abortions: A Synthesis of Findings from 14 Countries

by Sophia Chae, Sheila Desai, Marjorie Crowell et al.
Guttmacher Institute, Contraception (2017)

25 pp. 545 kB

Many reasons inform women’s reproductive decision-making. This paper aims to present the reasons women give for obtaining induced abortions in 14 countries. The authors conclude that this study shows that women have abortions for a variety of reasons, and provides a broad picture of the circumstances that inform women’s decisions to have abortions. Future research should examine in greater depth the personal, social, economic, and health factors that inform a woman’s decision to have an abortion as these reasons may shed light on the potential consequences that unintended births can have on women’s lives.

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