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Attitudes and experiences of women admitted to hospital with abortion complications in Ghana.
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PMID:  21987937     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Unsafe abortion is one of the major contributors to high levels of maternal mortality in Ghana, despite a relatively liberal legal environment. This paper presents findings from a semi-structured hospital-based survey of 131 Ghanaian women who had experienced unsafe abortion. The majority of respondents were young and single, with no children or just one child. Most had middle-school education or higher and were employed, as were their partners. While knowledge of family planning was high, knowledge of specific methods was barely moderate and only 17% respondents had ever used it - much lower than the national ever-use of 39%. There were widespread misunderstandings about who could use family planning and 41% said they were afraid of side-effects. Eleven percent said their pregnancy was planned and 31% that they wanted their pregnancy but were pressured by partners or families to abort. Overall, about one-third of respondents said they aborted because they were not married and two-thirds said they aborted because of socio-cultural pressures. This study highlights clear ongoing failings of the family planning programme which needs to be revamped, as well as an urgent need for improving public knowledge about access to safe, legal abortion services.
Patience Aniteye; Susannah Mayhew
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  African journal of reproductive health     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1118-4841     ISO Abbreviation:  Afr J Reprod Health     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712263     Medline TA:  Afr J Reprod Health     Country:  Nigeria    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47-55     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Ghana.
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