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Table 1 Socio-economic, demographic and abortion-related attributes of respondents

From: Methods women use for induced abortion and sources of services: insights from poor urban settlements of Accra, Ghana

Variable Cases (n = 1233) Percent (%)
Woman's age
16–19 16 1.3
20–24 136 11.0
25–29 271 22.0
30–34 337 27.3
35–39 273 22.1
40–44 200 16.2
Marital status
Never in union 317 25.7
Currently in union 768 62.3
Formerly in union 147 11.9
Level of education
No formal education 199 16.3
Completed primary 218 17.8
Completed middle/junior high school 497 40.6
Completed secondary 240 19.6
Higher 70 5.7
Religion
Moslem 63 5.1
Catholic 27 2.2
Anglican/Methodist/Presbyterian 143 11.6
Pentecostal 731 59.3
Other Christian 239 19.4
Other/no religion 30 2.4
Ethnicity
Ga/Dangme 468 38.0
Akan 436 35.4
Ewe 220 17.9
Other Ghanaian 95 7.7
Non Ghanaian 13 1.1
Wealth indexΨ
Poorest 138 11.2
Poorer 290 23.5
Middle 442 35.9
Richer 318 25.8
Richest 45 3.7
Knowledge of abortion law
Knowledge of at least one legal condition to induce abortion 221 17.9
No knowledge of any legal conditions 1012 82.1
Year since last induced abortion
 <  = 3 411 34.1
 > 3 795 65.9
Abortion methods
Surgical 620 50.3
 Dilation and curettage/dilation and evacuation 393 31.9
 Manual vacuum aspiration 132 10.7
 Surgical-Don’t know 95 7.7
Medication 341 27.7
 Mifepristone + Misopristol 133 10.8
 Misopristol 208 16.9
Other pills (oral contraceptive pills, unnamed) 149 12.1
Injection 39 3.2
Non-medical 84 6.8
 Inserted objects 14 1.1
 Homemade/herbal 70 5.7
  1. ΨWealth index was computed from household assets and amenities using principal component analysis