A study released by Guttmacher Institute in 2005 states additional financial responsibility that comes with a baby as a reason why single women or couples go for an abortion.
Social norms in many parts of the world shun children born out of wedlock. To avoid the social stigma, fear of familial rejection and abuse resulting from having a child out of wedlock, unmarried women might choose abortion as a safe way out.
Guttmacher Institute’s study also suggests that women might not want to continue with a pregnancy if their relationship with their partner is at a precarious stage or if the husband or partner is not in the favour of a child.
Very often, single women or couples choose abortion as the baby might interfere with their career or educational plans.
Women who already have children and do not want any more go with the decision to abort. A research from the Department of Health, UK says that this is more common among older women.
Cases where tests reveal genetic or birth defects in the foetus, usually are aborted, especially if detected in early pregnancy says another research. Also, women with serious health conditions might be advised to undergo abortion fearing for the child’s and their own health. Victims of severe drug or alcohol abuse opt for abortion fearing the impact of abuse on the health of the baby.
It is important to understand that abortion performed at unsafe places may lead to medical complications, even death.
An Indian study suggests that highest number of abortions are chosen by women under 20 years. Women who are too young or too old to bear a child go for abortion thinking of the social, medical and financial implications.
Victims of forced sexual intercourse or incestuous sexual acts also choose abortion.
In certain parts of the world, sadly, the woman is forced or coerced by her immediate family or partner to abort if tests reveal a female baby. It is also known as sex-selective abortion.
An abortion is a deeply personal and strong life decision that a woman takes. Supporting her throughout the process will only help her come out of it stronger and healthier.