Journal article

Reasons women give for abortion: a review of the literature

Maggie Kirkman, Heather Rowe, Annarella Hardiman, Shelley Mallett, Doreen Rosenthal

ARCHIVES OF WOMENS MENTAL HEALTH | SPRINGER WIEN | Published : 2009

Abstract

The aim was to identify from empirical research that used quantitative or qualitative methods the reasons women give for having an abortion. A search was conducted of peer-reviewed, English language publications indexed in eight computerized databases with publication date 1996-2008, using keywords 'abortion' and 'reason' (Medline: 'induced abortion' OR 'termination of pregnancy' OR 'elective abortion' and 'reason'). Inclusion criteria were empirical research on humans that identified women's reasons for undergoing an abortion, conducted in 'high-income' countries. 19 eligible papers were found. Despite variation in methods of generating, collecting, and analysing reasons, and the inadequacy..

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