Monday, 1 August 2016

Abortion Incidence and Unintended Pregnancy in Nepal

Posted by Anup Baral August 01, 2016 :

Although abortion is legal in Nepal, it had until about a decade ago been severely legally restricted. The 2002 amendment to the law made abortion more acc essible to women, but abortions continue to be provided by illegal providers in unsafe conditions. There are currently no reliable estimates of abortion incidence. Only incomplete data on legal procedures reported by authorized facilities exist . In this p aper we seek to fill this knowledge g ap by conducting the first national study of abortion incidence , both legal and unsafe. The study will produce nation al and regional estimates of i ncidence of all abortion s, of unintended pregnancies, of the incidence of treatment for abortion complications in health facilities , and of barriers to accessing legal abortion and postabortion services. We will obtain a baseline measure of abo rtion incidence, and provide information for improving policies to reduce unsafe ab ortion, unintended pregnancy and unmet need for contraception.

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