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Stress-Factors in Seeking a Medical Abortion in Countries with Restricted Safe Abortion Access: A Cross-Cultural Qualitative Analysis Focused on Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, and the Philippines

By Susan Davies


Studying the email correspondance and user evaluations from the online medical abortion help service, Women on Web, the stresses involved in receiving a medical abortion through the service were analyzed. The study was conducted with respect to Brazil, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates. Looking at the local socio-cultural contexts and the availability of clandestine abortion in these countries, this study puts forth the idea that by putting the stresses in more general categories, one can talk about the different ways similar stresses appear in each context. The stresses are time, internet access, financial stresses, stress related to privacy and security, stress related to reliability of the service, stress related to family and social relationships, stress related to health and safety, and stress related to moral and ethical beliefs. These stresses interconnect and influence each other, and vary from context to context, and have varying prominence in each context. However, using this categorization of stress factors allows for better analysis of what women must navegate in order to find and get an abortion in a context of clandestinit

Topics: Letteren, abortion, misoprostol
Year: 2009
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