Abortion in adolescence: a four-country comparison

Womens Health Issues. 2001 Mar-Apr;11(2):73-9. doi: 10.1016/s1049-3867(00)00078-5.


The purpose of this study was to conduct a comparison, using qualitative analytic methodology, of perceptions concerning abortion among health care providers and administrators, along with politicians and anti-abortion activists (total n = 75) in Great Britain, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the United States. In none of these countries was there consensus about abortion prior to legalization, and, in all countries, public discussion continues to be present. In general, after legalization of abortion has no longer made it a volatile issue European countries have refocused their energy into providing family planning services, education, and more straightforward access to abortion compared with similar activities in the United States.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced*
  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • England
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Netherlands
  • Pregnancy
  • Sweden
  • United States