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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 70-72

Cirumstances and motivations for seeking abortions: A community based study in Chandrapur District, Maharashtra


1 Professor, Preventive and Social Medicine, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
2 Lecturer, Statistics, Govt. Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
3 Asso. Professor, Preventive and Social Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Sawangi Meghe, Wardha, India
4 Regional Co-ordinator, UNFPA, Thane, Maharashtra, India
5 Senior Resident, Preventive and Social Medicine, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
6 Social Scientist, Preventive and Social Medicine, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

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S P Zodpey
Professor, Preventive and Social Medicine, Nagpur, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 18232152

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The present population based group comparison study was undertaken to study the circumstances, motivations and influencing factors for seeking abortion in women in Chandrapur District of Maharashtra. Participants of the study included 500 cases of induced abortion and the equal number of normal delivered women during the same period and in the same area as comparison group. Having two children, domestic problems and unwanted pregnancy were conditions acceptable to study subjects to terminate the pregnancy. Family and domestic problems, poor socio-economic status, short inter-pregnancy interval and completed family size were some of the important reasons quoted by study subjects for not desiring to continue the current pregnancy. Majority of the subjects felt that the decision to terminate or keep pregnancy is usually taken jointly by both the husband and wife. Family and domestic problems, poor socioeconomic status and short inter pregnancy interval were the important reasons quoted by abortion cases for seeking abortion in the current pregnancy. Only 1.80% of the cases reported failure of contraceptive method as a cause of seeking abortion services. In 78.4% of abortion cases as compared to 5.4% subjects from the comparison group, pregnancy was un-planned.


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