Abortion in the Developing World

Abortion in the Developing World

By: Axel I. Mundigo (editor), Cynthia Indriso (editor)Paperback

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Twenty million unsafe abortions are performed each year, 90% of which occur in the developing world. In many countries, abortion is still illegal; in others a variety of cultural barriers force women to seek out underground abortions. Even in countries, such as China, where abortion is fully accessible in practice as well as in theory, our understanding of the phenomenon is very partial. In discussing issues that are of the utmost important for understanding abortion, this book furthers our knowledge of this one of the most important elements of reproductive health. The result of a global research project, commissioned by the World Health Organization, the book provides new information on abortion, vital for both policy debate and strategies for intervention. The contributors explain the extent of abortion, why it happens and what happens when it does. A section on women's perspectives explains how women across the world feel when they find they must abort, the processes by which they go about it, how the underground networks operate and the obstacles these women must face. The book addresses providers? views on abortion, highlighting how their personal values and opinions influence the total experience that women undergo. Several contributions discuss the relationship between contraception and abortion while a section on adolescents addresses a newly emerging concern for programme managers around the world. With more information that has ever been previously available, this book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date picture of abortion globally; it also demonstrates that true reproductive freedom comes only with women's empowerment and with an acceptable quality of health care. It will be necessary reading for students and academics of women's studies and population studies, as well as for practitioners in the health sector.

About Author

Axel I. Mundigo and Cynthia Indriso are with the Center for Health and Social Policy, Pelham, New York.


1. Introduction - Cynthia Indriso and Axel I. Mundigo Part I: The Relationship Between Abortion and Contraception 2. Prevention of Pregnancy in High Risk Women: Community Intervention in Chile - Ramiro Molina C., Cristian Pereda F., Francisco Cumsille, Luis Martinez Oliva, Eduardo Miranda, and Temistocles Molina 3. Factors Affecting Induced Abortion Behaviour Among Married Women in Shanghai - Gui Shi Xun 4.First-Trimester Induced Abortion: A Study of Sichuan Province - Luo Lin, Wu Shi-Zhong, Chen Xiao-Qing, Li Min-Xiang 5. Abortion Practice in a Municipality in Havana - Louisa Alvarez Vasquez, Caridad Teresa Garcia, Sonia Catasus, Maria Elena Benitez and Maria Teresa Martinez 6. The Social Determinants of Induced Abortion in the Dominican Republic - Denise Paiewonsky 7. The Use of Induced Abortion in Mauritius: An Alternative to Fertility Regulation or An Emergency Procedure? - Geeta Oodit and Uma Bhowon 8. The Determinants of Induced Abortion and Subsequent Reproductive Behaviour Among Women in Three Urban Districts of Nepal - A.K. Taming, Neera Shrestha, and Kabita Sharma 9. Cultural and Psychosocial Factors Affecting Contraceptive Use and Abortion in Two Provinces of Turkey - Ayse Akin Dervisoglu Part II: The Quality of Abortion Care A. Women's Perspectives 10. Determinants and Medical Characteristics of Induced Abortion Among Poor Urban Women in Northeast Brazil - Chizuru Misago and Walter Fonseca 11. Induced Abortion and the Outcome of Subsequent Pregnancy: Client and Provider Perspectives - Zhou Wei-jin, Gao Er-sheng, Yang Yao-ying, Qin Fei and Tang Wei 12. Between Political Debate and Women's Suffering: Abortion in Mexico - Maria Del Carmen Elu 13. Abortion Services in Two Public Hospitals in Istanbul: How Well Do They Meet Women's Needs? - Aysen Bulut and Nahid Toubia B. Provider Perspectives 14. The Attitudes of Health Care Providers Towards Abortion in Indonesia - E. Djohan, R. Indrawasih, M. Adenan, H. Yudomustopo and M.G. Tan 15. Pharmacists and Market Herb Vendors: Abortifacient Providers in Mexico City - Susan Pick, Martha Givaudan, Suzanne Cohen, Marsela Alvarez, Maria Elena Collado 16. Induced Abortion in a Province in the Philippines: the Opinion, Role and Experience of Traditional Birth Attendants and Government Midwives - Fred V. Cadelina 17. Induced Abortion in Sri Lanka: Opinions of Reproductive Health Care Providers - P. Hewage Part III: Adolescent Sexuality and Abortion 18. Induced Abortion Among Unmarried Women in Sichuan Province: A Survey - Luo Lin, Wu Shi-Zhong, Chen Xiao-Qing and Li Min-Xiang 19. Sexuality, Contraception, and Abortion Among Unmarried Adoleseents and Young Adults: The Case of Korea - Kwon Tai-Hwan, Jun Kwang Hee and Cho Sung-Nam 20. Female Adolescents at the Crossroads: Sexuality, Contraception, and Abortion in Mexico - N. Ehrenfeld 21. Induced Abortion in Dar es Salaam: The Plight of Adolescents - G.S. Mpangile, M.T. Leshabari and D. J. Kihwele Part IV: Conclusions: Implications for Policy and Research 22. The Incidence and Social and Demographic Characteristics of Abortion in Colombia - Lucero Zarnudio, Norma Rubiano and Lucy Wartenberg 23. Abortion in Ljubljana: A Method of Contraception or An Emergency Procedure? - Dunja Obersnel Kveder 24. Research Methodology: Lessons Learnt - Axel I. Mundigo 25. Policy Impact of Abortion Research - Axel I. Mundigo and Iqbal H. Shah

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  • ISBN13: 9781856496506
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 498
  • ID: 9781856496506
  • ISBN10: 1856496503

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