Prevalence of and attitudes to abortion among migrant women in Sydney

Farhat Yusuf*, Stefania Siedlecky

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This study, based on a socio-demographic survey, conducted in 1988, of 980 ever-married women of Lebanese, Turkish or Vietnamese origin, shows that Turkish women had the most liberal attitudes and reported the highest incidence of abortion. More than half of the Turkish women and only 10-15 per cent of Lebanese and Vietnamese women thought that a woman should have the right to make the abortion decision herself. In spite of religious and moral objections there were many women who were prepared to consider having an abortion in a variety of common situations such as contraceptive failure, rape, extra-marital pregnancy and medical conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-45
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Australian Population Association
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 1996


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