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Backstreet abortion: Women’s experiences

F. Makorah, K. Wood, R. Jewkes
Curationis | Vol 20, No 2 | a1312 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v20i2.1312 | © 1997 F. Makorah, K. Wood, R. Jewkes | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 March 1997 | Published: 27 March 1997

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F. Makorah,, South Africa
K. Wood,, South Africa
R. Jewkes,, South Africa

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Abstract

This was a descriptive study aimed at exploring the personal experiences of women who induce abortion and the circumstances surrounding induced abortion. The study was conducted in six public hospitals in four different provinces: Baragwanath (Gauteng), Groote Schuur and Tygerberg (Western Cape), King Edward and R.K. Khan (Kwa-Zulu/Natal) and Livingstone (Eastern Cape). In-depth interviews were conducted with 25 African, Indian and Coloured women admitted to the hospitals following backstreet abortions. The study gave women the opportunity to "speak for themselves" about "why" and "how" and the context in which the unscfe induced abortions occurred

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