Delays in seeking an abortion until the second trimester: a qualitative study in South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.author Harries, Jane en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Orner, Phyllis en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Gabriel, Mosotho en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Mitchell, Ellen en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-12T10:54:43Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-12T10:54:43Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Harries, J., Orner, P., Gabriel, M., & Mitchell, E. (2007). Delays in seeking an abortion until the second trimester: a qualitative study in South Africa. Reproductive Health, 4(1), 7. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14182
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1742-4755-4-7
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND:Despite changes to the South African abortion legislation in 1996, barriers to women accessing abortions still exist. Second trimester abortions, an inherently more risky procedure, continue to be 20% of all abortions. Understanding the reasons why women delay seeking an abortion until the second trimester is important for informing interventions to reduce the proportion of second trimester abortions in South Africa. METHODS: Qualitative research methods were used to collect data. Twenty-seven in-depth interviews were conducted in 2006 with women seeking a second trimester abortion at one public sector tertiary hospital and two NGO health care facilities in the greater Cape Town area, South Africa. Data were analysed using a grounded theory approach. RESULTS: Almost all women described multiple and interrelated factors that influenced the timing of seeking an abortion. Reasons why women delayed seeking an abortion were complex and were linked to changes in personal circumstances often leading to indecision, delays in detecting a pregnancy and health service related barriers that hindered access to abortion services. CONCLUSION: Understanding the complex reasons why women delay seeking an abortion until the second trimester can inform health care interventions aimed at reducing the proportion of second trimester abortions in South Africa. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.publisher BioMed Central Ltd en_ZA
dc.rights This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License en_ZA
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0 en_ZA
dc.source Reproductive Health en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://www.reproductive-health-journal.com/ en_ZA
dc.subject.other Reproductive Rights en_ZA
dc.subject.other Reproductive Health en_ZA
dc.title Delays in seeking an abortion until the second trimester: a qualitative study in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Women's Health Research Unit en_ZA
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