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Abortion-it is my own body: women's narratives about influences on their abortion decisions in Ghana

Globally, abortion has emerged as a critical determinant of maternal morbidity and mortality. The Ghana government amended the country'sabortion law in 1985 to promote safe abortion.

This article discusses the findings of a qualitative study that explored the decision-making experiences of 28 female abortion seekers aged between 15 and 30 years in Ghana. Key findings from the study are that individuals claimed autoNomy in their abortion decisions; underlying the abortion decisions were pragmatic concerns such as ecoNomic difficulties, child spacing, and fear of parental reaction. In conclusion, we examine the health implications of Ghanaian women's abortion decisions.

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  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Country/Region: Ghana
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  • Source: Health Care Women International. 2014;35(7-9):918-36 doi:10.1080/07399332.2014.914941
  • Doi: 10.1080/07399332.2014.914941
  • Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07399332.2014.914941
  • Language: English
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2014 Author(s)   Oduro, GY Otsin MN. In Article