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Postabortion contraceptive services scarce in Turkey

Postabortion contraceptive services scarce in Turkey

Avsc News ) 34(3): 5

A 1994 study conducted at public and university service sites in 7 Turkish provinces found that, although 90% of postabortal women wanted to initiate contraceptive use, fewer than 50% actually left the abortion facility with a family planning method. Half of the 194 women interviewed had undergone a prior abortion and almost 70% were using a contraceptive method (generally withdrawal) at the time they became pregnant. To remedy this situation, AVSC is working to strengthen the linkages between postabortion and family planning services in Turkish clinics and hospitals. Opportunities for discussing family planning options with clients occur at the time of the initial contact where pregnancy is verified, prior to the procedure itself, and in the recovery area after the abortion. Although abortion facility staff are knowledgeable about modern methods of contraception, they often lack the motivation or financial incentives to offer family planning counseling. At one such facility, however, 80% of abortion clients left with a family planning method after the director made it clinic policy to provide such counseling.

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