Reasons women give for abortion: A review of the literature

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

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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 1996a?? 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 womens reasons for undergoing an abortion, conducted in high-income countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365 - 378
Number of pages14
JournalArchives of Women's Mental Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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