Abortion stigma: a systematic review

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Studies were based mainly on US samples; some included participants from Ghana, Great Britain, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru and Zambia. The majority of studies showed that women who have had abortions experience fear of social judgment, self-judgment and a need for secrecy. Stigma appeared to be salient in abortion providers’ lives. More research, using validated measures, is needed to enhance understanding of abortion stigma and thereby reduce its impact on affected individuals.

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