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New report documents why women need later abortion


A study on why women have later abortion, published by the University of Southampton, revealed four key issues:


  • Much of the delay occurs prior to women   requesting an abortion
  • Women have concerns about what is   involved in having the abortion
  • Various aspects of women’s relationships   with their partners and/or parents play a role in delays in women’s decision-making
  • After requesting an abortion, delays are   partly service-related (e.g. waiting for an appointment) and partly   ’woman- related’ (e.g. missing or cancelling appointments.)


The report is available to download from