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The Role of Intimate Partners in Women's Reasons for Seeking Abortion.
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PMID:  24439939     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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PURPOSE: The literature on partners and abortion focuses on intimate partner violence (IPV) and risk for abortion, and partners' control of women's abortion decisions. This paper examines how partners figure in women's abortion decisions, and identifies factors associated with identifying partner as a reason (PAR) for abortion.
METHODS: Baseline data were used from the Turnaway Study, a longitudinal study among women (n = 954) seeking abortion at 30 U.S. facilities between 2008 and 2010. Mixed methods were used. Data were analyzed using thematic coding and logistic regression.
FINDINGS: Nearly one third of women reported PAR for abortion. Three most common partner-related reasons were poor relationships, partners unable/unwilling to support a baby, and partner characteristics that made them undesirable to have a baby with. Eight percent who mentioned PAR identified having abusive partners as a reason for abortion. One woman in this subgroup reported being pressured by her partner to seek abortion, whereas others in this subgroup sought abortion to end abusive relationships or to avoid bringing children into abusive relationships. Factors associated with identifying PAR for seeking abortion included race, education, partner's pregnancy intentions, relationship with man involved in the pregnancy, and experience of IPV.
CONCLUSION: Women make decisions to terminate pregnancies considering the quality of the relationship with and potential support they will receive from the man involved. Even women who report IPV, who may be vulnerable to coercion, report their motivation for the abortion is to end an abusive relationship, rather than coercion into abortion.
Authors:
Karuna S Chibber; M Antonia Biggs; Sarah C M Roberts; Diana Greene Foster
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1878-4321     ISO Abbreviation:  Womens Health Issues     Publication Date:    2014 January - February
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-1-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9101000     Medline TA:  Womens Health Issues     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  e131-e138     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 Jacobs Institute of Women's Health. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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