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Perceptions and practices of illegal abortion among urban young adults in the Philippines: a qualitative study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22292245     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This study draws on in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with young adults in a metropolitan area of the Philippines to examine perceptions and practices of illegal abortion. Study participants indicated that unintended pregnancies are common and may be resolved through eventual acceptance or through self-induced injury or ingestion of substances to terminate the pregnancy. Despite the illegality of abortion and the restricted status of misoprostol, substantial knowledge and use of the drug exists. Discussions mirrored broader controversies associated with abortion in this setting. Abortion was generally thought to invoke gaba (bad karma), yet some noted its acceptability under certain circumstances. This study elucidates the complexities of pregnancy decisionmaking in this restrictive environment and the need for comprehensive and confidential reproductive health services for Filipino young adults.
Authors:
Jessica D Gipson; Alanna E Hirz; Josephine L Avila
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Studies in family planning     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0039-3665     ISO Abbreviation:  Stud Fam Plann     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7810364     Medline TA:  Stud Fam Plann     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  261-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health, 650 Charles E. Young Drive South, 46-071B CHS, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA. jgipson@ucla.edu
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