The Perspective of Women Regarding Induced Abortion in an Islamic Country (Turkey): A Descriptive StudyZeynep Baykan1*, Fevziye Çetinkaya2, Melis Naçar3 and Serpil Poyrazoğlu4
- *Corresponding Author:
- Zeynep Baykan
Associate Professor, Erciyes University Medical Faculty
Department of Medical Education Kayseri, Turkey
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 14, 2015; Accepted date: June 15, 2015; Published date: June 18, 2015
Citation: Baykan Z, Çetinkaya F, Naçar M, Poyrazoğlu S (2015) The Perspective of Women Regarding Induced Abortion in an Islamic Country (Turkey): A Descriptive Study. J Women’s Health Care 4:255. doi:10.4172/2167-0420.1000255
Copyright: © 2015 Baykan Z, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the perception regarding induced abortion.
Method: This descriptive study was conducted in 1-15 October 2011. A questionnaire was applied to 419 married women by educated midwives/nurses.
Results: The mean age of the women was 34.0 ± 7.7 years. 45.3% of them stated that the ideal number of children for a family as three. 80.7% believe that induced abortion is a sin and 74.9% had stated that it was a kind of murder, therefore was forbidden by religion. Also the irreversible modern methods of contraception, such as tubal ligation (24.1% of the women, and 17.2% of the spouses), and vasectomy (25.5% of the women, and 17.4% of the spouses) were perceived as a sin. 31.3% thought “induced abortion was not a sin in the case of a handicapped fetus”, 53.5% thought “it wasn’t a sin if the pregnancy was endangering maternal health” and 41.8% thought “it wasn’t a sin if the pregnancy was the result of rape”. Out of 419 women 58 (12.7%) had an induced abortion.
Conclusion: One woman out of four thinks that irreversible contraceptive methods are a sin.