Clinical Investigation

Opinion of women about elective abortion


  • Bülent Çakmak
  • Fulya Zeynep Metin
  • Asker Zeki Özsoy
  • Rıza Çıtıl
  • Yalçın Önder
  • Hatice Yılmaz Doğru

Turk J Obstet Gynecol 2014;11(3):170-175 PMID: 28913012


The aim of this study was to investigate the opinions of women who presented to the hospital for elective abortion.

Materials and Methods:

This descriptive study was designed and conducted at our university hospital between March 2013-April 2013 by the method of face-to-face interviews with 500 women who presented to the hospital as patient or relatives of patients. Poll consisted of 6 questions about demographic characteristics and 14 questions evaluating the opinions and attitudes about abortion.


The age of the women who participated in the study was ranging between 18 and 75 years with the mean age of 31.5±11.9 years. Twenty-six women (5.2%) were illiterate, while 109 (21.8%) were university graduates. 70.8% of women stated that they were against elective abortion. Among the reasons against abortion on request were: “forbidden by the religion”-53.1% of women, “against human rights”-35.3%, and “unhealthy for the mother”-7.1% of women. About the prohibition of abortion, 82.4% of women said that “it may be performed under necessary conditions”, 9.6% “it should be completely forbidden”, and 8% stated that “it should never be forbidden”.


A large number of respondents reported that they have negative attitude towards elective abortion, however, in case of medical necessity, abortion should be performed. During the legal arrangements done about situations that may affect the public health, such as abortion regulations, we believe it would be useful to assess the perspective of the society on this issue.

Keywords: Elective abortion, women, opinion