Abortion in the Developing World

Edited by Cynthia Indriso and Axel Mundigo


The result of a WHO research project, this work examines abortion in the developing world and what happens when it occurs. The editors advocate the legalization of abortion as a first step, but show that true reproductive freedom depends on women's empowerment and quality health care.
Twenty million unsafe abortions are performed each year, 90% of which occur in the developing world. In many countries, abortion is still illegal; in others a variety of cultural barriers force women to seek out underground abortions. Even in countries, such as China, where abortion is fully accessible in practice as well as in theory, our understanding of the phenomenon is very partial.

In discussing issues that are of the utmost important for understanding abortion, this book furthers our knowledge of one of the most important elements of reproductive health. The result of a global research project commissioned by the World Health Organization, the book provides new information on abortion, vital for both policy debate and strategies for intervention.

With more information than has ever been previously available, this book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date picture of abortion globally. It also demonstrates that true reproductive freedom comes only with women's empowerment and with an acceptable quality of health care. It will be necessary reading for students and academics of women’s studies and population studies, as well as for practitioners in the health sector.

Author Bio

Axel I. Mundigo and Cynthia Indriso are with the Center for Health and Social Policy, Pelham, New York.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction - Cynthia Indriso and Axel I. Mundigo
  • Part I: The Relationship Between Abortion and Contraception
    • 2. Prevention of Pregnancy in High Risk Women: Community Intervention in Chile - Ramiro Molina C., Cristian Pereda F., Francisco Cumsille, Luis Martinez Oliva, Eduardo Miranda, and Temistocles Molina
    • 3. Factors Affecting Induced Abortion Behaviour Among Married Women in Shanghai - Gui Shi Xun
    • 4.First-Trimester Induced Abortion: A Study of Sichuan Province - Luo Lin, Wu Shi-Zhong, Chen Xiao-Qing, Li Min-Xiang
    • 5. Abortion Practice in a Municipality in Havana - Louisa Alvarez Vasquez, Caridad Teresa Garcia, Sonia Catasus, Maria Elena Benitez and Maria Teresa Martinez
    • 6. The Social Determinants of Induced Abortion in the Dominican Republic - Denise Paiewonsky
    • 7. The Use of Induced Abortion in Mauritius: An Alternative to Fertility Regulation or An Emergency Procedure? - Geeta Oodit and Uma Bhowon
    • 8. The Determinants of Induced Abortion and Subsequent Reproductive Behaviour Among Women in Three Urban Districts of Nepal - A.K. Taming, Neera Shrestha, and Kabita Sharma
    • 9. Cultural and Psychosocial Factors Affecting Contraceptive Use and Abortion in Two Provinces of Turkey - Ayse Akin Dervisoglu
  • Part II: The Quality of Abortion Care
  • A. Women's Perspectives
    • 10. Determinants and Medical Characteristics of Induced Abortion Among Poor Urban Women in Northeast Brazil - Chizuru Misago and Walter Fonseca
    • 11. Induced Abortion and the Outcome of Subsequent Pregnancy: Client and Provider Perspectives - Zhou Wei-jin, Gao Er-sheng, Yang Yao-ying, Qin Fei and Tang Wei
    • 12. Between Political Debate and Women's Suffering: Abortion in Mexico - Maria Del Carmen Elu
    • 13. Abortion Services in Two Public Hospitals in Istanbul: How Well Do They Meet Women's Needs? - Aysen Bulut and Nahid Toubia
  • B. Provider Perspectives
    • 14. The Attitudes of Health Care Providers Towards Abortion in Indonesia - E. Djohan, R. Indrawasih, M. Adenan, H. Yudomustopo and M.G. Tan
    • 15. Pharmacists and Market Herb Vendors: Abortifacient Providers in Mexico City - Susan Pick, Martha Givaudan, Suzanne Cohen, Marsela Alvarez, Maria Elena Collado
    • 16. Induced Abortion in a Province in the Philippines: the Opinion, Role and Experience of Traditional Birth Attendants and Government Midwives - Fred V. Cadelina
    • 17. Induced Abortion in Sri Lanka: Opinions of Reproductive Health Care Providers - P. Hewage
  • Part III: Adolescent Sexuality and Abortion
    • 18. Induced Abortion Among Unmarried Women in Sichuan Province: A Survey - Luo Lin, Wu Shi-Zhong, Chen Xiao-Qing and Li Min-Xiang
    • 19. Sexuality, Contraception, and Abortion Among Unmarried Adoleseents and Young Adults: The Case of Korea - Kwon Tai-Hwan, Jun Kwang Hee and Cho Sung-Nam
    • 20. Female Adolescents at the Crossroads: Sexuality, Contraception, and Abortion in Mexico - N. Ehrenfeld
    • 21. Induced Abortion in Dar es Salaam: The Plight of Adolescents - G.S. Mpangile, M.T. Leshabari and D. J. Kihwele
  • Part IV: Conclusions: Implications for Policy and Research
    • 22. The Incidence and Social and Demographic Characteristics of Abortion in Colombia - Lucero Zarnudio, Norma Rubiano and Lucy Wartenberg
    • 23. Abortion in Ljubljana: A Method of Contraception or An Emergency Procedure? - Dunja Obersnel Kveder
    • 24. Research Methodology: Lessons Learnt - Axel I. Mundigo
    • 25. Policy Impact of Abortion Research - Axel I. Mundigo and Iqbal H. Shah


Publication Date: 1 February 1999
498 pages

Not available in: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781856496506
Library Edition: 9781856496490

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