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Table 2 Major themes and reasons women gave for seeking abortion (n=954)

From: Understanding why women seek abortions in the US

   Freq. Percent
Not financially prepared 386 40%
 General financial 365 38%
 Unemployed/underemployed 41 4%
 Uninsured or can't get welfare 6 0.6%
 Don't want government assistance 4 0.4%
Not the right time for a baby 347 36%
 Bad timing/not ready/unplanned 321 34%
 Too busy/not enough time 17 2%
 Too old 16 2%
Partner related reasons 298 31%
 Relationship is bad, poor and/or new 89 9%
 Respondent wants to be married first/not a single mom 80 8%
 Partner is not supportive 77 8%
 Partner is wrong guy 61 6%
 Partner does not want baby 29 3%
 Partner is abusive 24 3%
Need to focus on other children 275 29%
 Too soon after having had a child/busy enough with current children/have enough children right now 239 25%
 Concern for other children she is rearing 51 5%
Interferes with future opportunities 194 20%
 Interferes with educational plans 132 14%
 Interferes with vocational plans 63 7%
 Want better life for self/don't want to limit future opportunities 49 5%
Not emotionally or mentally prepared 180 19%
Health related reasons 114 12%
 Concern for her own health 59 6%
 Concern for the health of the fetus 51 5%
 Drug, tobacco, or alcohol use 46 5%
 Prescription drug (not illicit) or contraceptive use 14 1.5%
Want a better life for the baby than she could provide 119 12%
 Want better life for baby 67 7%
 Living or housing context not suitable for baby 46 5%
 Lack of childcare or help from family to care for baby 13 1.4%
 Don't want her children to have a childhood like hers 5 0.5%
Not independent or mature enough for a baby 64 7%
 Too young or immature 47 5%
 Can't take care of self 12 1.3%
 Too dependent on parents or others right now 9 0.9%
Influences from family or friends 48 5%
 Would have a negative impact on family or friends 22 2%
 Don't want others to know/worried others would judge 19 2%
 Pressure from family or friends 11 1.2%
Don't want a baby or place baby for adoption 38 4%
 Don't want a baby or don't want any children 33 3%
 Don't want adoption 7 0.7%
Other 11 1.2%
Total 954 100%
  1. Note: Respondents gave reasons under multiple themes and subthemes.