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Table 4 Means of travel, travel costs, and travel experiences

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 (%)
Mode of transportation for travel to Britaina
 Airplane 65 (90%) 22 (88%) 87 (90%)
 Train 11 (15%) 5 (20%) 16 (16%)
 Bus 5 (7%) 1 (4%) 6 (6%)
 Personal Car 4 (6%) 0 4 (4%)
 Other 3 (4%) 0 3 (3%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response    1 (1%)
Used more than one mode of transportation to travel to Britain
 Yes 12 (17%) 3 (12%) 15 (15%)
 No 60 (83%) 22 (88%) 82 (85%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 0 0 0
Travel accompaniment
 Traveled alone 17 (24%) 6 (24%) 23 (24%)
 Traveled with a companion 53 (74%) 19 (76%) 72 (74%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 2 (3%) 0 2 (2%)
Stayed overnight
 Yes 52 (72%) 25 (100%) 77 (79%)
 No 18 (26%) 0 18 (19%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 2 (3%) 0 2 (2%)
Total travel and accommodation costs
 €0 7 (10%) 4 (16%) 11 (11%)
 €1–100 7 (10%) 0 7 (7%)
  €101–500 39 (54%) 9 (36%) 48 (49%)
 €501–1000 14 (19%) 6 (24%) 20 (21%)
 More than €1001 5 (7%) 6 (24%) 11 (11%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 0 0 0
Cost of abortion procedure
 €350–500 22 (31%) 0 22 (23%)
 €501–1000 25 (35%) 4 (16%) 29 (30%)
 More than €1001 23 (32%) 21 (84%) 44 (45%)a
 I did not have to pay for my abortion 2 (3%) 0 2 (2%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 0 0 0
Time needed to cover the cost of traveling and abortion procedure
 Less than a week 21 (29%) 9 (36%) 30 (31%)
 1–4 weeks 19 (26%) 3 (12%) 22 (23%)
 Over 4 weeks 5 (7%) 1 (4%) 6 (6%)
 I didn’t have to raise money 20 (28%) 9 (36%) 29 (30%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 7 (10%) 3 (12%) 10 (10%)
Ways in which participants covered the costs of traveling and/or the abortiona
 Delayed/put off other expenses 14 (19%) 2 (8%) 16 (16%)
 Assistance from a friend or relative 17 (24%) 10 (40%) 27 (28%)
 Assistance from partner 16 (22%) 7 (28%) 23 (24%)
 Assistance from abortion fund 5 (7%) 0 5 (5%)
 Used savings 26 (36%) 10 (40%) 36 (37%)
 Used a credit card or received credit from a bank 10 (14%) 0 10 (10%)
 Other 5 (7%) 1 (4%) 6 (6%)
 Prefer not to answer 3 (4%) 1 (4%) 4 (4%)
Difficulty of covering travel costs
 Very or somewhat easy 18 (25%) 8 (32%) 26 (27%)
 Very or somewhat difficult 51 (71%) 16 (64%) 67 (69%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 3 (4%) 1 (4%) 4 (4%)
Difficulty of covering abortion cost
 Very or somewhat easy 12 (17%) 6 (24%) 18 (19%)
 Very or somewhat difficult 56 (78%) 18 (72%) 74 (76%)
 I did not have to pay for my abortion 2 (3%) 0 2 (2%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 2 (3%) 1 (4%) 3 (3%)
Overall difficulty of traveling
 Very or somewhat easy 31 (43%) 14 (56%) 45 (46%)
 Very or somewhat difficult 40 (56%) 11 (44%) 51 (53%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 1 (1%) 0 1 (1%)
Time off of work
 Yes 49 (68%) 15 (60%) 64 (66%)
 No 19 (26%) 10 (40%) 29 (30%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 4 (6%) 0 4 (4%)
Lost Wages (if time off work, n = 64)**
 Yes 16 (33%) 4 (27%) 20 (31%)
 No 30 (61%) 9 (60%) 39 (61%)
 Prefer not to answer/no response 3 (6%) 2 (13%) 5 (8%)
  1. aMore than one answer was possible, percentages may exceed 100%
  2. **Total n the number of participants who indicated that they had to take time off of work