Domestic violence ups abortion rate

Termination also linked with illicit drug use

Both domestic violence and illicit drug use are strongly linked to women having poor control over their reproductive health and seeking abortion, an Australian survey shows.

Sad worried woman

Researchers for Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health recently surveyed the 1973-78 cohort – some 9000 women now aged in their mid-30s - for the fifth time.

Analysis of the data show women were more than twice as likely to terminate a pregnancy if they reported recent partner violence.

This link persisted in adjusted models, and even as the women got older