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Table 3 Experiences with abortion decision-making and information seeking

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 (%)
Difficulty of reaching decision to have abortion
 Somewhat or very easy 23 (32%) 8 (32%) 31 (32%)
 Neither easy nor difficult 12 (17%) 6 (24%) 18 (19%)
 Somewhat or very difficult 34 (47%) 9 (36%) 43 (44%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 3 (4%) 2 (8%) 5 (5%)
Kept abortion secret from someone participants wished to tell
 Yes 40 (56%) 14 (56%) 54 (56%)
 No 30 (42%) 10 (40%) 40 (41%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 2 (3%) 1 (4%) 3 (3%)
Told someone participants didn’t want to tell
 Yes 6 (8%) 3 (12%) 9 (9%)
 No 65 (90%) 21 (84%) 86 (89%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 1 (1%) 1 (4%) 2 (2%)
Primary reason for traveling
 Abortion is not legal in country of residence 68 (94%) 1 (4%) 69 (71%)
 Too late to have abortion in country of residence 0 18 (72%) 18 (19%)
 It was difficult to find a physician willing to provide care or I was worried about a health provider refusing to help me 1 (1%) 2 (8%) 3 (3%)
 I was worried about someone finding out about my abortion 0 1 (1%) 1 (1%)
 I didn’t know where to get an abortion in my country of residence or there are no abortion services where I live 3 (4%) 2 (8%) 5 (5%)
 I wanted to have a surgical termination, which is not available in my country 0 1 (4%) 1 (1%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 0 0 0
Sources of information about abortion services in the Britain a
 Websites 52 (72%) 12 (48%) 64 (66%)
 Friend, family, or partners 21 (29%) 2 (8%) 23 (24%)
 Health care providers 12 (17%) 6 (24%) 18 (19%)
 Media 6 (8%) 3 (12%) 9 (9%)
 Other 7 (10%) 2 (8%) 9 (9%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 8 (8%)
Sources of information about BPAS clinicsa
 Media 3 (4%) 2 (8%) 5 (5%)
 Websites 46 (64%) 8 (32%) 54 (56%)
 Friends, family, or partners 12 (17%) 3 (12%) 15 (15%)
 Health care providers 16 (22%) 7 (28%) 23 (24%)
 Other 8 (11%) 1 (4%) 9 (9%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response    9 (9%)
Reason for traveling to Britain specificallya
 It was the easiest to get to 45 (63%) 8 (32%) 53 (55%)
 It was the closest country that provided abortion at my gestation 26 (36%) 10 (40%) 36 (37%)
 Recommendations from providers, friends, or someone else 17 (24%) 4 (16%) 21 (22%)
 It was the cheapest country to get to 9 (13%) 1 (4%) 10 (10%)
 I know someone in Britain 4 (6%) 5 (20%) 9 (9%)
 Clinics in Britain offered the least expensive abortions 2 (3%) 1 (4%) 3 (3%)
 Clinics in Britain offered surgical abortion 3 (4%) 6 (24%) 9 (9%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response    2 (2%)
  1. aMore than one answer was possible, percentages may exceed 100%