Conditions and consequences of induced abortions in Lomé (Togo) (WITHDRAWN)

Afiwa N'bouke, Université de Montréal

This article explores the conditions and consequences of induced abortions in the Togolese capital city, according to information collected in 2002 among 4755 women aged 15-49 years during the survey on family planning and induced abortion (EPAP). Results show that 40% of abortions were performed in health centers; 40% by medical personnel; 45% by curettage or aspiration. However, half of abortions performed by curettage/aspiration had been attempted previously by non-medical methods. The majority of abortions were performed at home (36%) or among traditional therapists (24.5%); and by non-medical methods. About 60% of abortions resulted in health complications, leading the majority of women to hospitalization, while 78% resulted in regret and remorse. Furthermore, 74% of abortions have caused problems between women and their parents. In fact, few parents support the woman in the decision-making or are involved in the payment of fees, while man (husband/partner) supports the decision (43%) or pays the abortion-related costs (86%) more often.

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Presented in Session 52: Trends, determinants and consequences of induced abortion