Journal of Biosocial Science

Research Article

Prior induced abortion experience among clinic patients in Australia

Geoffrey Davisa1 and Antonia Churcha1

a1 Population Services International, Potts Point, NSW, Australia


A survey of 15,324 abortion patients of the Population Services International clinics in Sydney revealed that 16·7% reported prior induced abrotion experience. Comparisons with other Australia clinics produced similar findings. World figures indicate that Australian patients have had fewer prior abortions than those in most other countries, with the exception of England, and Wales. Significant factors were age, material status, religious affiliation, reproductive history, employment status and education. Use of contraception increased after the abortion experience.

(Received June 01 1978)