Evaluation of stated motives for legal abortion

J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 1994 Mar;15(1):27-33. doi: 10.3109/01674829409025626.


In a study of 404 women (simple random sample), 20-29 years of age, 201 (group A) applying for abortion and 203 (group B) continuing their pregnancies, the women were given a questionnaire and in addition were interviewed. The aim of the study was to evaluate the spontaneous personal motives of women for abortion at a time when age is not supposed to be a common reason. The results showed that more than half of the women expressed that a bad relationship with the partner in one way or another was a motive for the abortion. Other important motives included characteristics of the women and their partners, mainly immaturity, work/studies and unsuitable life situation for having a child. Less common motives seemed to be economy, dwelling and medical and health factors. It is obvious that women in this study wanted to have a stable relationship to the child's father before they dared or wanted to have a child. Social networks in modern society seem to be too weak. The women do not want to face social and emotional problems as lonely mothers. Political decisions in the society, for example with parental benefit according to your income discourage women from continuing their pregnancies during their studies. It also seems important for the woman to feel mature enough to have a child. The provision and encouragement of methods for safer sex may be a possible way by which to reduce the number of abortions.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Legal / psychology*
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Marriage / psychology
  • Motivation*
  • Personality Assessment
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnant Women*
  • Social Environment
  • Social Support
  • Socioeconomic Factors