Knowledge and attitudes about abortion legislation and abortion methods among abortion clients in Latvia.


Melgalve, I; Lazdane, G; Trapenciere, I; Shannon, C; Bracken, H; Winikoff, B; (2005) Knowledge and attitudes about abortion legislation and abortion methods among abortion clients in Latvia. The European journal of contraception & reproductive health care, 10 (3). pp. 143-50. ISSN 1362-5187 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13625180500332224

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess knowledge of abortion legislation and knowledge and attitudes about medical and surgical abortion among women seeking a legal abortion in Latvia. METHODS: Data are drawn from a survey of 371 abortion clients from 16 purposively selected abortion clinics in Latvia. A semi-structured questionnaire was used to collect socio-demographic data and information on women's knowledge of and attitudes toward abortion law and abortion methods. RESULTS: Most women knew that abortion is legal either under any (53%) or certain (37%) circumstances. Almost one third (31%) of women interviewed were aware of medical abortion. After hearing a description of medical abortion, respondents felt the method as described would be advantageous because it could avoid a surgical intervention (33%) or found it simple, easy, convenient, or natural (12%). Women were concerned that the method might not be completely effective (38%) or be associated with side-effects (22%). CONCLUSIONS: Respondents were interested in medical abortion as a less invasive option to surgical abortion. Efforts should be undertaken to inform women about the safety and efficacy of the method.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
PubMed ID: 16318960
Web of Science ID: 234265500001
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2102

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