‘Repeat abortion’, a phrase to be avoided? Qualitative insights into labelling and stigma

Lesley Hoggart, Victoria Louise Newton, Louise Bury

Journal Article

This paper draws on a research study looking at young women’s abortion experience in England and Wales. The qualitative research findings demonstrate the complexity of women’s contraceptive histories and reproductive lives, and thus the inherent difficulty of establishing causal patterns for more than one abortion, beyond the obvious observation that contraception was not used, or not used effectively. Women who had experienced more than one abortion did, however, express intensified abortion shame. The authors argue that categorising women who have an abortion in different ways depending on previous episodes is not helpful. It may also be damaging, and generate increased stigma, for women who have more than one abortion.

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#Abortion #abortion stigma #English studies #more than one abortion #primary analysis #shame