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Sources, Providers and Self-Reported Complications among Indian Women Seeking Induced Abortion: Evidence from the National Family Health Survey (2015–16)
Authors: Chander Shekhar, Manoj Alagarajan, and Manas Ranjan Pradhan
Source: International Journal of Sexual Health , Online first; DOI: 10.1080/19317611.2018.1523265
Topic(s): Abortion
Women's health
Country: Asia
Published: NOV 2018
Abstract: This article attempts to find types of sources and providers, and likelihood of self-reported complication among Indian women. Fifty-three percent of abortions are done at private health facilities. Only one in every 5 women went to public health facilities, and the rest did not go anywhere (27.5%). Doctors are the major abortion service providers (52.3%) in India. Eighteen percent of women who sought abortion reported some complication. Logit regression shows that complications were 1.8 times higher in the second-trimester than the first-trimester abortion. This study suggests for addressing the demand of abortion by accessing and improving services in public health system. Keywords: Abortion, sources, providers, complications, India