Experiences of women accessing an abortion clinic contacted by religiously motivated demonstrators
ESC Congress Library. Fiala C. May 10, 2018; 208129; ESC181 Disclosure(s): no conflict of interest
Dr. Christian Fiala
Dr. Christian Fiala
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Objectives: Women who entered an abortion clinic and had been contacted by religious motivated demonstrators were interviewed about their experience and the impact on their decision. Design and methods: Questionnaire analyzed by cross-table methods. Results: 101 women participated. Virtually all women (99%) found the contact with the protestors annoying to various degrees and 74% reported that they felt either a little or very threatened by the contact. 81% said their decision was not influenced, 18% reported insecurity to various degrees. 93% supported a legal ban of harassment. Conclusions: The activists 'main goal' in what they consider a 'spiritual fight' for 'saving souls' was not reached. Their actions had little if any impact on the women's decision. But the psychological and physical stress they were exposed calls for enhanced protection for women entering abortion clinics.
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