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Unintended pregnancy resolution among parous women in twelve low- and middle-income countries

Abstract : Around 40% of pregnancies worldwide are unintended and a half of those are terminated. Yet, few international comparisons of unintended pregnancy resolution (choosing birth or abortion) exist. This study analysed how parous women’s pregnancy intentions and abortion decisions are associated with their reproductive histories and country contexts using twelve Demographic and Health Surveys representing four context groups: post-Soviet/communist and Asian countries with liberal abortion legislation, and Asian and Latin American countries with restrictive abortion legislation. Similarities were found across contexts: preference to have children of both sexes, space births, stop childbearing after reaching desired family size and an increased likelihood of unintended pregnancy when using less-effective contraceptive methods versus none. Contextual factors most clearly associated with reports of unintended pregnancy resolution were type of abortion legislation and living in post-Soviet/communist contexts. Women’s propensity to report abortions and unintended pregnancy varied by context and the decision-making processes for pregnancy versus fertility management were different.
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Heini Väisänen, Ewa Batyra. Unintended pregnancy resolution among parous women in twelve low- and middle-income countries. Journal of Biosocial Science, Cambridge University Press (CUP), In press, ⟨10.1017/S0021932021000225⟩. ⟨hal-03234087v2⟩



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