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Clandestine abortion in Port Harcourt: users' profile and motivation.
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PMID:  18390129     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Most of the information on abortion in Nigeria are based on information from women hospitalized for abortion complications. However a lot of abortions, especially those carried out by medical doctors do not cause enough complications to register in hospital statistics. This study is to explore the profile of women that obtain these relatively safe abortions, and to ascertain their reasons for opting for an abortion. METHODS: A cross sectional study was carried out in five clinics located in various parts of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, known to provide abortion services. Data on all the women that sought abortion in the clinics between January and March 2007 were collected by the attending doctors. RESULTS: A total of 793 women sought abortion in the clinics within the three months study period, a daily average of 1.76. The clients had an average age of 23.73 years (s.d 7.3), and a large proportion were not yet married (72.01%), had no children (67.97%), were still in school or learning a trade (66.08%), and were having their first termination of pregnancy (68.22%). Clients that identified themselves as widowed, divorced or separated made up 17.78% of the total. The commonest reasons cited for the decision to terminate the pregnancy were that the women were not yet married (63.43%), and that they were still students or learning a trade (60.15%). Few women gave contraceptive failure (3.91%) or the fact that they did not want any more children (3.66%) as a reason for the abortion. CONCLUSIONS:Abortion on demand is still very common in Nigeria in spite of legal restrictions. Amending the abortion laws would assist in resolving this paradox.
B Ordinioha; G Owhonda
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nigerian journal of medicine : journal of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1115-2613     ISO Abbreviation:  Niger J Med     Publication Date:    2008 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-08     Completed Date:  2008-04-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100888321     Medline TA:  Niger J Med     Country:  Nigeria    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  33-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Community Medicine Department, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Criminal / legislation & jurisprudence*
Attitude to Health*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Family Planning Services / legislation & jurisprudence*
Health Behavior*
Health Services Accessibility / legislation & jurisprudence*
Women's Health

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