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A New Approach to Eliciting Information about Induced Abortion

Dale Huntington, Barbara Mensch and Nahid Toubia
Studies in Family Planning
Vol. 24, No. 2 (Mar. - Apr., 1993), pp. 120-124
Published by: Population Council
DOI: 10.2307/2939205
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2939205
Page Count: 5
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Abstract

Reliable quantitative data on abortion are sorely needed, particularly in developing countries. Past experience in large-scale survey research has demonstrated that direct questioning on this subject results in significant underreporting. This article presents results of an experiment to collect data on induced abortion in Cote d'Ivoire within the context of a family planning operations research study. First, questions were employed to broach the topic of unwanted pregnancy in a value-free manner, and then the potential for a variety of actions, including abortion, was acknowledged. The results indicate that approximately 25 percent of all women attending a family planning clinic on the day of the survey had had an induced abortion. The use of improved abortion-related questions shows promise for providing more complete measurement of a neglected dimension of women's reproductive health._pg 120-124

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