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The epidemiology of abortion services.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Family & Community Health
0160-6379
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Volume
5
Issue
1
Pages
29–39
Identifiers
PMID: 10255503
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Unknown

Abstract

The incidence of abortion and general characteristics of women obtaining legal abortions in the US, and the trends and effects of abortion during the 1970s are described. Statistics on the abortion ratio and abortion rate for the US by year from 1969 to 1978 are presented. Sociodemographic characteristics of women obtaining abortions (age, marital status, parity, gestational age and previous abortions) are described. The availability of abortion services and facilities and the types of procedures used and their safety are discussed. Factors which have contributed to the increasing number of legal abortions are discussed. The benefits of epidemiological data on abortion are noted.

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