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Table 3 Comparison of the underlying reasons for undergoing abortion/continuing with the pregnancy between the cases (N = 122)* and controls (N = 600)

From: Decision making on unsafe abortions in Sri Lanka: a case-control study

Underlying reasons for undergoing induced abortion Cases Underlying reasons for continuing with pregnancy Controls
No. %1 No. %1
Economically not stable 36 29.5% Religious beliefs on abortion 266 44.3%
Partner advocates abortion 17 13.9% Partner supports pregnancy 167 27.8%
Too old for a pregnancy 14 11.5% Economically stable 74 12.3%
Last birth interval too short 13 10.7% Social stigma attached to abortion 73 12.2%
Unmarried status/ Widowhood 10 8.2% Last birth interval not too short 50 8.3%
Extra-marital affair 9 7.4% Forced by health worker 28 4.7%
Plans to go for a job 6 4.9% Illegal status of abortion 25 4.2%
Not ready for motherhood 5 4.1% Did not know how to get it aborted 23 3.8%
Rape 5 4.1% Forced by partner, family or friends 21 3.5%
Forced by partner 4 3.3 % Others know I am pregnant 6 1.0%
Female foetus on scan 1 0.8% After visualizing the foetus on scan 1 0.2%
  1. *Women who admitted to have undergone an unsafe abortion were only included in the analysis.
  2. 1Multiple responses; percentages given out of the total in cases or controls.