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Factors affecting attitudes towards medical abortion in Lithuania

Lazarus, Jeffrey LU ; Nielsen, Stine ; Jakubcionyte, Rita ; Kuliesyte, Esmeralda and Liljestrand, Jerker LU (2006) In European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care 11(3). p.202-209
Abstract
Objective Surgical abortion in Lithuania is governed by a 1994 ministerial decree that made it legal for any woman 16 or older. This article seeks to determine the key demographic factors in Lithuanian attitudes towards medical abortion, which is currently not legal. Methods A random sample of the adult population was asked if they supported medical abortion. The dependent variable of attitude towards medical abortion was tested against the eight independent variables reported for each respondent using Chi-square tests and odds ratios. The effects of the variables upon each other were tested with two logistic regression models. Results Among the respondents, 62.6% supported access to medical abortion. The independent variables of... (More)
Objective Surgical abortion in Lithuania is governed by a 1994 ministerial decree that made it legal for any woman 16 or older. This article seeks to determine the key demographic factors in Lithuanian attitudes towards medical abortion, which is currently not legal. Methods A random sample of the adult population was asked if they supported medical abortion. The dependent variable of attitude towards medical abortion was tested against the eight independent variables reported for each respondent using Chi-square tests and odds ratios. The effects of the variables upon each other were tested with two logistic regression models. Results Among the respondents, 62.6% supported access to medical abortion. The independent variables of urban/rural residence, employment status and educational level significantly affected opinion. Overall, education level provided the strongest odds ratio for support of medical abortion. Conclusion The majority of the Lithuanian population supports the legalisation of medical abortion. There is somewhat less support for it in rural areas, among those who are least educated and in certain nonworking population groups. Lithuanian policy-makers should consider responding to popular sentiment and legalising medical abortion. (Less)
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reproductive health, pregnancy, abortion, medical abortion, Lithuania
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European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
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11
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202 - 209
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Parthenon Publishing
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1362-5187
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10.1080/13625180600815722
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English
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  abstract     = {Objective Surgical abortion in Lithuania is governed by a 1994 ministerial decree that made it legal for any woman 16 or older. This article seeks to determine the key demographic factors in Lithuanian attitudes towards medical abortion, which is currently not legal. Methods A random sample of the adult population was asked if they supported medical abortion. The dependent variable of attitude towards medical abortion was tested against the eight independent variables reported for each respondent using Chi-square tests and odds ratios. The effects of the variables upon each other were tested with two logistic regression models. Results Among the respondents, 62.6% supported access to medical abortion. The independent variables of urban/rural residence, employment status and educational level significantly affected opinion. Overall, education level provided the strongest odds ratio for support of medical abortion. Conclusion The majority of the Lithuanian population supports the legalisation of medical abortion. There is somewhat less support for it in rural areas, among those who are least educated and in certain nonworking population groups. Lithuanian policy-makers should consider responding to popular sentiment and legalising medical abortion.},
  author       = {Lazarus, Jeffrey and Nielsen, Stine and Jakubcionyte, Rita and Kuliesyte, Esmeralda and Liljestrand, Jerker},
  issn         = {1362-5187},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {202--209},
  publisher    = {Parthenon Publishing},
  series       = {European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care},
  title        = {Factors affecting attitudes towards medical abortion in Lithuania},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13625180600815722},
  doi          = {10.1080/13625180600815722},
  volume       = {11},
  year         = {2006},
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