Young Latinas and abortion: The role of cultural factors, reproductive behavior, and alternative roles to motherhood

Celia Patricia Kaplan, Pamela I. Erickson, Susan L Stewart, Lori A. Crane

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Latina women have often been portrayed as holding strong traditional family values leading to a greater propensity for rejection of contraception and abortion. Increasingly, the literature has consistently shown that Latina women use contraception effectively when available; however, much less is known about the prevalence of abortion and the factors related to its use in this population. In this article we examine Latinas' use of abortion and identify factors affecting its use among 1,207 ever-pregnant Latina women age 14-24 recruited at two federally-funded family planning clinics in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Only a small proportion of the young women in our sample (7.5%) had ever had an induced abortion. In multivariate analysis the variables significantly associated with past abortion included less traditional attitudes about women's roles, higher gravidity, shorter periods of sexual activity, and a higher number of lifetime sexual partners. We conclude that use of abortion among Latinas is driven by role orientation and reproductive variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-689
Number of pages23
JournalHealth Care for Woman International
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2001
Externally publishedYes


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