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Table 1 Eligibility criteria

From: Why do they take the risk? A systematic review of the qualitative literature on informal sector abortions in settings where abortion is legal





Unsafe, informal sector abortion

Safe abortion

Unsafe abortions that took place in a formal setting

Type of participant

Women or friends or family of women who have undergone an unsafe, informal sector abortion

Informal sector abortion providers

Women who have not had an unsafe informal sector abortion

Formal setting providers


Country where abortion is legal either without restriction as to reason or permitted in order to preserve health or on socioeconomic grounds- according to the Centre for Reproductive Rights’ world abortion laws.

Countries where abortion is only allowed to save a woman’s life or prohibited altogether

Type of publication

Qualitative or mixed method

Quantitative only

Type of study

Original, primary research data

Published literature

Secondary data, reviews, opinion pieces and reports.

Unpublished, grey literature

Language of publication



Other than English or French

Publication date

Any date after legalisation/liberalisation of laws- varies by paper

Papers published before abortion laws were liberalised