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A cross-cultural exploration of abortion fund patients in the USA and the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Authors
  • Ely, Gretchen E1
  • Hales, Travis W1
  • Jackson, D Lynn2
  • 1 a School of Social Work , University at Buffalo, The State University of New York , Buffalo , USA.
  • 2 b Department of Social Work , Texas Christian University , Fort Worth , USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Culture, health & sexuality
Publication Date
May 01, 2018
Volume
20
Issue
5
Pages
560–573
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2017.1361550
PMID: 28812525
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper details results of a study examining administrative case data from 2010-2015 from abortion funds serving the USA and the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. Driven by the available data, the researchers compared organisational characteristics, patient characteristics, procedural costs, patient resources and the ratio between patient resources and procedural costs. Independent t-tests were conducted to assess whether differences in characteristics, costs or resources were significant. The number of patients serviced by abortion funds across the two datasets increased yearly from 2010-2015. While patients in the USA had more resources, on average, to contribute to their abortion procedure, Irish, Northern Irish and Manx patients had the resources to pay for a greater percentage of their costs, on average, which was mainly attributable to the differences in gestational age of those helped by the different abortion funds. Patients across all nations were similar in terms of their marital status, average age and number of existing children. Patients across these countries face expensive procedures and a lack of resources that are bridged in part by abortion fund assistance.

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