Research Studies on Abortion in Pakistan

This review of abortion-related research in Pakistan has been undertaken to highlight the importance of this problem for the benefit of health care providers and policymakers. Pregnant women who wish to have an abortion are forced to visit illegal clinics run by midwives. Women generally do not use contraception because of inaccessibility, financial constraints, and objections by their husbands on religious grounds. Interestingly many men have objections to their wives using contraception but do not object to abortion. Consequently there are a high number of unplanned pregnancies which end in abortions.

Written & Compiled by: Dr. Rihanna Kariapper
Published by: Shirkat Gah – Women’s Resource Centre, Pakistan.
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