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Induced abortion in a Southern European region: examining inequalities between native and immigrant women


  • Elena Rodriguez-Alvarez

    () (University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

  • Luisa N. Borrell

    Lehman College, City University of New York)

  • Yolanda González-Rábago

    University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU))

  • Unai Martín

    University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU))

  • Nerea Lanborena

    (University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)


Abstract Objectives To examine induced abortion (IA) inequalities between native and immigrant women in a Southern European region and whether these inequalities depend on a 2010 Law facilitating IA. Methods We conducted two analyses: (1) prevalence of total IAs, repeat and second trimester IA, in native and immigrant women aged 12–49 years for years 2009–2013 according to country of origin; and (2) log-binomial regression was used to quantify the association of place of origin with repeat and second trimester IAs among women with IAs. Results Immigrants were more likely to have an IA than Spanish women, with the highest probability in Sub-Saharan Africa (PR 8.32 95 % CI 3.66–18.92). Immigrant women with an IA from countries other than Maghreb and Asia have higher probabilities of a repeat IA than women from Spain. Women from Europe non-EU/Romania were 50 % (95 % CI 0.30–0.79) less likely to have a second trimester IA, while women from Central America/Caribbean were 45 % (95 % CI 1.11–1.89) more likely than Spanish women. The 2010 Law did not affect these associations. Conclusions There is a need for parenthood planning programs and more information and access to contraception methods especially in immigrant women to help decrease IAs.

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  • Elena Rodriguez-Alvarez & Luisa N. Borrell & Yolanda González-Rábago & Unai Martín & Nerea Lanborena, 2016. "Induced abortion in a Southern European region: examining inequalities between native and immigrant women," International Journal of Public Health, Springer;Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), vol. 61(7), pages 829-836, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:ijphth:v:61:y:2016:i:7:d:10.1007_s00038-016-0799-7
    DOI: 10.1007/s00038-016-0799-7

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