The Best Way To Measure Abortion Incidences

 By: Frank K. Githinji
Abortion is the most debated topic in the world today. It is also the most controversial and contested problem facing the world today. The world cannot come to a common ground and agree on this problem. Thanks to diversity in colour, culture and religion. Abortion incidences can be measured by either keeping tallies of total abortions carried out by women who fall into categories that are defined and specified. Alternatively, abortion incidences can be measured through the calculation of all abortions in total per 1000 women that constitute total population in each specified category. A good yardstick for instance is the length of the pregnancy. A majority of women terminate their pregnancies at the first trimester. This indicates that more than half of all aborted pregnancies occur before 8 weeks into the pregnant have elapsed.

Age is one of the best indicators to use when measuring abortion incidences. Studies indicate that abortions are most prevalent between the ages of 20 to 24. It ought to be remembered that this is also the most fertile and sexually active stage in a woman's life. The woman is at the apex and optimum fertility levels. Women who are over 30 years of age come a close second to this category. The major reason being that this age group has long been married. It is rare for a married woman to obtain an abortion. Unplanned pregnancies are also rare in a marriage setup. Young women between 15 and 19 years of age come last with a considerable number terminating their pregnancies at this tender age. A pregnancy at this age is considered a hindrance to career achievements and a financial constraint.

The level of income, residence and education can be use to source for accurate data when measuring abortion incidences. Previous studies done on this topic indicated that more than half of all women who obtain an abortion have attained college education. From this point it is easy to maybe establish the role of education and how it influences human sexuality. The highest incidences occur in the metropolitan areas. This is happening in both the developed world and the developing world. In the third world, a full study is being conducted on how urbanization influences and impacts on sexual behavior. When it comes to income as a parameter, Low-income earners obtain more abortions than middle or high income earners. Maybe it is because of lack of alternative forms of recreation. But poor people tend to have more children.

Religion and marital status are good determinants that can measure abortion incidences. It ought to be noted that abortions cut across the religious divide. Every religious affiliation is represented when it comes to abortions. However, some religions are very strict when it comes to abortions. A majority of women who aborted in the United States are Roman Catholics. Marital status of a woman greatly influences whether a woman will obtain an abortion. Unmarried women represent the highest number of abortion patients at any one time. They are closely followed by unmarried and divorced women. Married women are unlikely to resort to abortions to terminate an unintended pregnancy.
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