**taken from Iona Institute**
Women seeking abortions in the UK are six times more likely to have experienced domestic abuse than women seeking antenatal care, suggests a new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
The study was carried out on a sample of 274 women looking for an abortion and 233 women seeking antenatal care in Yorkshire and Hull. It found that 5.8% of the women looking to terminate their pregnancy were victims of physical abuse in their current relationship, compared to 0.9% among those carrying their pregnancy to term and attending an antenatal clinic.
Women looking for abortions were also considerably more likely to have suffered emotional abuse than those in the antenatal clinics – 9.9% compared to 1.8%.
Of the 5.8% of women seeking abortions who were victims of domestic violence, 34% cited domestic violence as a contributing factor to their decision to abort.
However, the most common reason overall given for abortion were financial constraints and worries.
The study demonstrates once again the strong link between poverty, relationship instability, and the decision to abort.