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Abortion--it is for some women only! Hmong women's perceptions of abortion.
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PMID:  12746014     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this article, I explore traditional Hmong explanations about abortion and the ethnomedical knowledge and practices that pertain to it. The article derived from in-depth interviews and participant observation with the Hmong who are now living in Melbourne, Australia. Hmong women are knowledgeable about indigenous fertility control methods including abortion. However, only women who are older and have had many children to ensure the continuity of the lineage have a right to abortion. Younger women do not have this right. Women may wish to control their fertility by means of abortion, but their wishes may be constrained by a societal norm that places a great deal of pressure on women to continue producing children. In a culture that values having many children, abortion is not easily accepted because it upsets the cosmological balance of the society. This has implications for younger Hmong women who may wish to control their fertility in Australia and elsewhere.
Pranee Liamputtong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health care for women international     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0739-9332     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Care Women Int     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-14     Completed Date:  2003-06-02     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8411543     Medline TA:  Health Care Women Int     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  230-41     Citation Subset:  N    
School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced / psychology*
Age Factors
Attitude to Health / ethnology*
Choice Behavior
Cultural Characteristics*
Emigration and Immigration*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Laos / ethnology
Maternal Age
Medicine, East Asian Traditional
Medicine, Traditional
Middle Aged
Nursing Methodology Research
Women / psychology*
Women's Rights

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