Determinants of Induced Abortion among Married Women in Ekiti State, Nigeria.

Beatrice Adeoye
Sarafa Shittu, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

It is a fact that abortion is illegal in Nigeria. Also, it’s a concern that in-spite of availability of contraceptive services, quite a number of married and unmarried women practice abortion. The study administered open-ended questionnaire on 240 married women and 20 IDIs on 20 female married nurses from Teaching Hospital. Findings revealed that, high level of awareness and avalability of contraceptives in the study area. Majority (74.6%) of respondents never used any modern family planning method, 46.2% had practiced abortion at a time or the other. Some of the determinants factors discover are misconceptions, believes and perception that are rooted in social and cultural value. Recommendation based on the findings: remedy for mortality related to abortion should go beyond reproductive health awareness; social cultural factors must be address and there is need for active involvement of men (husbands) in family planning programs and implementation.

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  Presented in Session P1. Poster Session 1