Restrictions in access to abortion - the pregnant women's perspective
ESC Congress Library. Fiala C. 05/10/18; 208202; ESC309 Disclosure(s): none
Dr. Christian Fiala
Dr. Christian Fiala
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Objectives: Different restrictions in access to abortion are in force in most countries, like obligatory counselling or waiting periods. We wanted to know how those pregnant women perceive these restrictions, who come for an abortion. In addition we wanted to compare the real life experience of women coming from a country where these restrictions are in force (Hungary) with the opinion about these restrictions of women who come from a country with unrestricted access (Austria). Study Design: Women from Hungary who came for an abortion to a clinic in Austria were interviewed about their personal experiences and opinion on restrictions in access to abortion which are in force in their home country (obligatory counselling and waiting period). In addition women from Austria with unrestricted access to abortion were asked about their opinion obligatory measures. The interviews were done by a questionnaire and analyzed by cross-table methods. Results: 100 women from Hungary and 100 women from Austria participated. 98% had sufficient time to take the decision for the abortion, were sure about their decision and an obligatory waiting period would not have been helpful nor would it have changed their decision for the abortion. 75% did not seek counselling during their decision making process because they did not need it. 13% went to a voluntary counselling, which most found helpful. The few women from Hungary who had undergone an obligatory counselling in their home country did not find it helpful. 88% think an obligatory counselling is not helpful and 98% want counselling to be offered voluntary instead of obligatory. Conclusions: The vast majority of women perceived restrictions in access to an abortion as additional stress without any benefit. Obligatory counselling or waiting period would not have had an influence on their decision to have the abortion. No significant difference was found between women coming from a country with restrictions and women coming from a country without these restrictions. Women from Hungary who are faced with these restrictions would not recommend introducing them in other countries like Austria.
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