www.abort-report.eu: a unique and synthetic website to share information on abortion legislation and statistics in Europe
ESC Congress Library. Carmo Bombas T. May 11, 2018; 208261; ESC158
Dr. Teresa Alexandra Carmo Bombas
Dr. Teresa Alexandra Carmo Bombas
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Objective: Abortion is legal under certain conditions in most European countries. However, legal and practical conditions vary widely. To improve knowledge and better disseminate information on abortion in Europe and allow comparison between the different legal and practical conditions, it was decided to collect European data on abortion on a website regularly updated. Design and methods: A scientific committee of 7 European OB/GYNs, supported by Exelgyn was constituted. The authors selected the items and invited OB/GYNs practising in European countries (i.e., the 28 EU country members + Iceland, Norway, Serbia, and Switzerland) to participate in the project. Two questionnaires were constructed and prefilled by country official data. Questionnaire I (85 items) focused on abortion legislation, and Questionnaire II (116 items) on practical and statistical data on abortion, fertility or contraception. The questionnaires were sent by e-mail to all OB/GYNs who agreed to participate (referrers). Referrers validated, updated, and/or completed the questionnaires. Results: Questionnaire I was sent to 29/32 referrers (abortion is prohibited in Malta and there was no referrer for Romania and Slovakia) and completed for 22/29 countries (76%). Questionnaire II was sent to 22/29 referrers and completed for 15/22 countries (68%). Questionnaires I provided data for >90% of items for 19/22 countries (86%) and Questionnaire II for >70% of items for 8/15 countries (53%). Missing data were mainly related to abortion costs and contraception statistics. Conclusions: The www.abort-report.eu website will constitute a unique and synthetic source of information on abortion in Europe for health care professionals and all other professionals. It will provide information on abortion legislation and abortion, fertility rates and contraception statistics per country and give a European perspective on abortion. It may be used as a complement to the website on abortion policies recently launched by the WHO: http://srhr.org/abortion-policies/
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