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Abortion in South Australia, 1971–86: an update

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 July 2008

Farhat Yusuf
Affiliation:
School of Economic and Financial Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Dora Briggs
Affiliation:
School of Education, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Summary

Official statistics on abortion in South Australia for the period 1971–86 are analysed in terms of incidence, age of patients and nuptiality, reasons for abortion, method of termination, period of gestation, previous abortions and concurrent sterilisation. Demographic implications are discussed and recommendations are made for more education and counselling, especially for younger and unmarried women for whom the incidence of abortion seems to be rising.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1991

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