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Table 2 Denial for abortion services and its reasons

From: Providers’ perspectives on denial of abortion care in Nepal: a cross sectional study

Ever denied abortion service (%) Physician (n = 36) Mid-level (n = 70) Total (N = 106)
Yes 97 98 96
No 3 4 4
If yes, reasons for denial (% of yes only)
 Gestational age above 12 weeks 94 93 93
 Sex selective abortion 92 83 86
 Maternal health contraindications 83 76 85
 Bulky uterus 27 54 45
 Gestational age above 8 weeks 19 46 37
 We do not provide surgical abortion 6 46 32
 Lack of “valid” reason for abortion 31 31 30
 Lack of medications 6 33 24
 Woman does not have any children 17 27 24
 Lack of skilled provider at facility 8 20 16
 Woman unable to pay service fee 6 6 6
 Providers’ personal religious and moral beliefs about abortion 3 3 3