Unsafe abortion as a birth control method: maternal mortality risks among unmarried Cambodian migrant women on the Thai-Cambodia border

Hegde, Shalika, Hoban, Elizabeth and Nevill, Annemarie 2012, Unsafe abortion as a birth control method: maternal mortality risks among unmarried Cambodian migrant women on the Thai-Cambodia border, Asia-Pacific journal of public health, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 989-1001.

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Title Unsafe abortion as a birth control method: maternal mortality risks among unmarried Cambodian migrant women on the Thai-Cambodia border
Author(s) Hegde, Shalika
Hoban, Elizabeth
Nevill, Annemarie
Journal name Asia-Pacific journal of public health
Volume number 24
Issue number 6
Start page 989
End page 1001
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2012-11
ISSN 1010-5395
1941-2479
Keyword(s) Cambodia
contraception
maternal mortality
migration
unsafe abortion
women's health
Summary Reproductive health research and policies in Cambodia focus on safe motherhood programs particularly for married women, ignoring comprehensive fertility regulation programs for unmarried migrant women of reproductive age. Maternal mortality risks arising due to unsafe abortion methods practiced by unmarried Cambodian women, across the Thai-Cambodia border, can be considered as a public health emergency. Since Thailand has restrictive abortion laws, Cambodian migrant women who have irregular migration status in Thailand experimented with unsafe abortion methods that allowed them to terminate their pregnancies surreptitiously. Unmarried migrant women choose abortion as a preferred birth control method seeking repeat “unsafe” abortions instead of preventing conception. Drawing on the data collected through surveys, in-depth interviews, and document analysis in Chup Commune (pseudonym), Phnom Penh, and Bangkok, the authors describe the public health dimensions of maternal mortality risks faced by unmarried Cambodian migrant women due to various unsafe abortion methods employed as birth control methods.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30054508

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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