Abortion, Induced

Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

This descriptive study evaluates the hypnoanalgesic experience's effect on participants' hypnotizability and opinions about hypnosis and identifies factors associated with hypnotizability. Hypnotizability was assessed using the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale: Form A in 290 women 1 month after their participation in a randomized clinical trial evaluating hypnotic intervention for pain/anxiety versus standard care during pregnancy termination. Opinions were collected before and after the intervention.

Author(s): 
Dufresne, Alexandra
Rainville, Pierre
Dodin, Sylvie
Barré, Patrick
Masse, Benoît
Verreault, René
Marc, Isabelle
Publication Title: 
Effective clinical practice: ECP

CONTEXT: Interest in the use of alternative therapies to reduce anxiety in patients undergoing medical interventions is increasing. We sought to assess the effectiveness of aromatherapy involving essential oils in reducing preoperative anxiety in women undergoing abortions. SETTING: An urban, free-standing abortion clinic in Vancouver, BC. PATIENTS: 66 women waiting for surgical abortions. DESIGN: A double blind, randomized trial.

Author(s): 
Wiebe, E.
Publication Title: 
Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy

This paper explores the role of religious belief in public debate about physician-assisted dying and argues that the role is essential because any discussion about the way we die raises the deepest questions about the meaning of human life and death. For religious people, such questions are essentially religious ones, even when the religious elements are framed in secular political or philosophical language. The paper begins by reviewing some of the empirical data about religious belief and practice in the United States and Europe.

Author(s): 
Stempsey, William E.
Publication Title: 
Studies in Family Planning

This article grew out of a keynote address prepared for the conference, "From Abortion to Contraception: Public Health Approaches to Reducing Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion Through Improved Family Planning Services," held in Tbilisi, Georgia, USSR in October 1990.

Author(s): 
David, H. P.
Publication Title: 
Children in the Tropics
Author(s): 
Chauliac, M.
Masse-raimbault, A. M.
Publication Title: 
Social Biology

This paper examines a number of demographic and sociocultural factors (e.g., age, marital status, family size, religion, religious assiduity, sex-role ideology) as predictors of women's attitudes toward abortion, using data from the Canadian Fertility Survey of 1984. The findings suggest that women's abortion attitudes are to a greater extent based on ideological positions. It appears that anti-abortion stance affects those women who are religious, presumably by increasing the relationship between their general sex-role ideological stances and abortion attitudes.

Author(s): 
Krishnan, V.
Publication Title: 
Culture, Health & Sexuality

Abortion stigma is widely acknowledged in many countries, but poorly theorised. Although media accounts often evoke abortion stigma as a universal social fact, we suggest that the social production of abortion stigma is profoundly local. Abortion stigma is neither natural nor 'essential' and relies upon power disparities and inequalities for its formation. In this paper, we identify social and political processes that favour the emergence, perpetuation and normalisation of abortion stigma.

Author(s): 
Kumar, Anuradha
Hessini, Leila
Mitchell, Ellen M. H.
Publication Title: 
International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

CONTEXT: The availability of trained abortion providers is limited in India. Allowing ayurvedic physicians and nurses to perform medication abortions may improve women's access to the procedure, but it is unclear whether these clinicians can provide these services safely and effectively. METHODS: Allopathic physicians, ayurvedic physicians and nurses (10 of each), none of whom had experience in abortion provision, were trained to perform medication abortions.

Author(s): 
Jejeebhoy, Shireen J.
Kalyanwala, Shveta
Mundle, Shuchita
Tank, Jaydeep
Zavier, A. J. Francis
Kumar, Rajesh
Acharya, Rajib
Jha, Nita
Publication Title: 
Reproductive Health Matters

Abortion was legalised in Nepal in September 2002 and manual vacuum aspiration is the main procedure used for safe abortion. Although medical abortion has not yet officially been introduced in Nepal, with the highly porous Indo-Nepal border and the easy availability of mifepristone and misoprostrol in Indian chemists' shops, it is possible the drugs are entering from Indian markets illegally.

Author(s): 
Tamang, Anand
Tamang, Jyotsna
Publication Title: 
International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

CONTEXT: The availability of trained abortion providers is limited in India. Allowing ayurvedic physicians and nurses to perform medication abortions may improve women's access to the procedure, but it is unclear whether these clinicians can provide these services safely and effectively. METHODS: Allopathic physicians, ayurvedic physicians and nurses (10 of each), none of whom had experience in abortion provision, were trained to perform medication abortions.

Author(s): 
Jejeebhoy, Shireen J.
Kalyanwala, Shveta
Mundle, Shuchita
Tank, Jaydeep
Zavier, A. J. Francis
Kumar, Rajesh
Acharya, Rajib
Jha, Nita

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