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What women want when faced with unplanned pregnancy

Unplanned pregnancy is a key health issue for Australian women. Such pregnancies may result from contraceptive failure, or where contraception is not readily available. While not every unplanned pregnancy is unwanted, all require women to make a time-sensitive decision about which of the three available options – abortion, adoption or parenting – is best for them and their families.

Marie Stopes International found that the data available was not specific to Australian women and decided to conduct research on this matter. Recognising the sensitive nature of the questioning, Marie Stopes International commissioned WebSurvey – a data collection and research agency specialising in the provision of efficient and flexible online surveys – to independently conduct the research via an online method of surveying.

An email invitation was sent out to 6,593 women to complete the survey. Of the 2,003 who responded around half (1,022) had experienced an unplanned pregnancy, and so qualified to participate in the research. Participating women were of reproductive age, and were drawn from all over Australia.

Marie Stopes International believes that Australian specific data will assist in helping governments, the medical profession, NGOs and other service providers to recognise and meet the needs of women faced with an unplanned pregnancy.

Download and read the report below:

Detailed report – What women want when faced with an unplanned pregnancy (PDF, 1.4MB)

Key findings – What women want when faced with an unplanned pregnancy (PDF, 191KB)

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