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Table 3 Information sharing about informal sector abortion

From: Women’s experiences seeking informal sector abortion services in Cape Town, South Africa: a descriptive study

  Mean SD, range
Number of other women known to participants who have had informal sector abortions 3.66 3.02, 0–15
  n %
Talked about abortion with others (n = 41)   
 Friend 27 66
 Family member 8 20
 Other community members 6 15
 Provider (Doctor, Pharmacist, Paramedic, Traditional healer) 3 7
 Husband/partner 2 5
 No one 11 27
Know others who have had informal sector abortions (n = 42)   
 0 4 10
 1–2 13 31
 3 11 26
 4–5 10 24
 6 or more 4 10
Relationship to participant (n = 121)   
 Friend 74 61
 Family 23 19
 Neighbor/community member 18 15
 Other 6 5
Source of information about other women’s experiences (n = 121)   
 Heard from woman herself 77 64
 Heard from others 42 35
 Other 2 2
Information source on informal sector abortiona (n = 42)   
 Community member 29 69
 Sign or fliers 10 24
 Family 3 7
 Community group 3 7
 Traditional healer 1 2
 Internet 1 2
 Partner 0 0
 Pharmacist 0 0
 Missing 1 2
Access to informal sector abortion (n = 41)   
 “Very easy or Somewhat easy” 33 79
 “Somewhat difficult or very difficult” 8 19
 Missing 1 2
  1. aSome women listed multiple information sources about backstreet abortion