Pesquisa Nacional de Aborto 2016 / National Abortion Survey 2016

by Debora Diniz, Marcelo Medeiros, Alberto MadeiroCiência & Saúde ColectivaAbstractWe present the results of the Brazilian National Abortion Survey 2016 (PNA 2016) and compare them to those obtained in the PNA 2010 for the profile of women and the magnitude of abortion. The survey is a household random sample survey that combines questionnaires using the ballotbox technique and face-to-face interviews with women aged 18-39 years in the urban areas of Brazil. The results show that abortion is frequent and persistent among women of all social classes, racial groups, educational levels and religions: in 2016, 1 in each 5 women, at the age of 40 years has already had at least one abortion. In 2015, approximately 417,000 women had an abortion. There is, however, group heterogeneity, with a higher frequency of abortion among women of lower educational level, black, brown and indigenous, living in the North, Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the country. In line with the PNA 2010, most women took medication to have an abortion and half of all women were hospitalized to complete the abortion.INFOGRAPHIC: Cadernos de Saúde Pública, 2006;22(7)