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Title: Understanding women's provider choice for induced abortion in Turkey
Authors: Pekkurnaz, Didem
Ökem, Zeynep Güldem
Çakar, Mehmet
Keywords: Induced Abortion
Turkey Demographic and Health Survey
Reproductive Health
Medical Abortion
Unsafe Abortion
Contraceptive Use
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Elsevier Ireland Ltd
Abstract: In Turkey, women gained free access to induced abortion from public facilities through the legalization of abortion in 1983. However, due to unmet need and abortion stigma, women use predominantly private services. The political discourse on anti-abortion in the past decade has triggered a diminishing trend in public provision. This runs against both the 1983 Law and the healthcare reforms initiated in 2003, which aimed at universal access to health services. This study investigates the socioeconomic characteristics of women affecting the utilization of public services for induced abortion. Using Turkey Demographic and Health Survey 2013, the results of Probit models indicate that women who were young, unmarried, wealthier and whose abortion decisions were made by themselves or their spouses were less likely to choose the public services for induced abortion. Regional differences in the utilization of public sector were also observed. Findings indicate a need to ensure and widen women's access to abortion nationwide; both at the hospital and outpatient level. Health education programs including family planning should give special emphasis to young, single and socioeconomically disadvantaged women who are more prone to apply for unsafe abortion when access to public and/or private sector is limited. A transparent referral system should be designed to timely direct women to abortion services. 0 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0168-8510
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