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Table 2 Reproductive history and experiences seeking abortion care

From: Cross-country abortion travel to England and Wales: results from a cross-sectional survey exploring people’s experiences crossing borders to obtain care

  Women who traveled from restrictive contexts (n = 72) N (%) Women who traveled from liberal contexts (n = 25) N (%) All travelers (n = 97) N (%)
Number of children
 0 46 (64%) 14 (56%) 60 (62%)
 1–2 21 (29%) 10 (40%) 31 (32%)
 3 +  5 (7%) 1 (4%) 6 (6%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 0 0 0
Prior abortion
 Yes 9 (13%) 5 (20%) 14 (14%)
 No 62 (86%) 20 (80%) 82 (85%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 1 (1%) 0 1 (1%)
Weeks of gestation when presenting for services
 1–12 weeks 48 (67%) 2 (8%) 50 (52%)
 12–14 weeks 5 (7%) 0 5 (5%)
 14–20 weeks 9 (13%) 11 (44%) 20 (21%)
 20 weeks or more 7 (10%) 11 (44%) 18 (19%)
  Prefer not to answer/no response 3 (4%) 1 (4%) 4 (4%)
  Mean weeks of gestation when presenting for services 10.7 weeks 18.1 weeks 12.6 weeks
When first considered abortion
 1 week before presenting for care in England or Wales 9 (13%) 1 (4%) 10 (10%)
 2–3 weeks before presenting for care in England or Wales 29 (40%) 14 (56%) 43 (44%)
 4–5 weeks before presenting for care in England or Wales 19 (26%) 2 (8%) 21 (22%)
 6 weeks or more before presenting for care in England or Wales 10 (14%) 6 (24%) 16 (16%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 5 (7%) 2 (8%) 7 (7%)
Sought abortion in country of residence before traveling
 Yes 39 (54%) 23 (92%) 62 (64%)
 No 33 (46%) 2 (8%) 35 (36%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 0 0 0
Weeks first sought abortion in country of residence (if applicable, n = 62)**
 1 week before presenting for care in England or Wales 5 (13%) 2 (9%) 7 (11%)
 2–3 weeks before presenting for care in England or Wales 20 (51%) 11 (48%) 31 (50%)
 4–5 weeks before presenting for care in England or Wales 7 (18%) 2 (9%) 9 (15%)
 6 + weeks before presenting for care in England or Wales 5 (13%) 7 (30%) 12 (19%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 2 (5%) 1 (4%) 3 (5%)
Attempted to self-manage an abortion prior to traveling
 Yes 7 (9%) 0 7 (7%)
 No 62 (86%) 25 (100%) 87 (90%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 3 (4%) 0 3 (3%)
Preferred to obtain abortion earlier
 Yes 57 (80%) 22 (88%) 79 (82%)
 No 9 (13%) 2 (8%) 11 (12%)
Reasons for delays in care-seekinga
 Issues with scheduling (both personal and getting an appointment at the clinic) 23 (32%) 8 (32%) 31 (32%)
 No local abortion services 26 (36%) 4 (16%) 30 (31%)
 Delayed pregnancy recognition 17 (24%) 12 (48%) 29 (30%)
 Issues arranging travel 20 (28%) 5 (20%) 25 (26%)
 Issues with money to pay for abortion or travel 17 (24%) 2 (8%) 19 (20%)
 Abortion decision making 14 (19%) 5 (20%) 19 (20%)
 Didn’t know where to get an abortion 8 (11%) 4 (16%) 12 (12%)
 Change of situation 5 (7%) 5 (20%) 10 (10%)
 Other 9 (13%) 2 (8%) 11 (11%)
 No delays 9 (13%) 2 (8%) 11 (12%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response    3 (3%)
  1. aMore than one answer was possible, percentages may exceed 100%