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Trajectories to abortion and abortion-related care: a conceptual framework

Norris, Alison, Coast, Ernestina ORCID: 0000-0002-8703-307X and Freeman, Emily (2015) Trajectories to abortion and abortion-related care: a conceptual framework. In: Population Association of America Annual Meeting, 2015-04-30 - 2015-05-02, San Diego, United States.

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This paper presents a conceptual framework which captures the macro- and micro-level contexts and processes of a woman's pathway to terminating her pregnancy or seeking abortion-related care. Abortion decision-making and the trajectories that lead to it are the result of complex and inter-related factors (eg: politics, legality, service access, control of reproduction, morals/stigma). Research on abortion tends to focus on aspects of the complexity. The purpose of this framework is to identify and specify the most salient aspects of abortion decision-making across populations. The framework has global applicability, across legal contexts and safety spectra. It can be applied at all points in the reproductive lifespan and to all individual circumstances. Social scientists as well as policy and programme planners can use the framework to highlight aspects of the macro/micro environment that facilitate or hinder women's abilities to terminate unwanted pregnancies safely.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2017 12:28
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2021 00:11

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