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Rape-related pregnancy in Brazil: the experience of women seeking legal abortion

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Author(s):
Carolina Leme Machado [1] ; Arlete Maria dos Santos Fernandes [2] ; Maria José Duarte Osis [3] ; Maria Yolanda Makuch [4]
Total Authors: 4
Affiliation:
[1] Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Faculdade de Ciências Médicas - Brasil
[2] Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Hospital da Mulher Prof. Dr. José Aristodemo Pinotti - Brasil
[3] Centro de Pesquisas em Saúde Reprodutiva de Campinas - Brasil
[4] Centro de Pesquisas em Saúde Reprodutiva de Campinas - Brasil
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: Cadernos de Saúde Pública; v. 31, n. 2, p. 345-353, 2015-02-00.
Abstract

In Brazil, abortion is permitted by law in cases of rape-related pregnancy. This study reports on various aspects in the experience of women that have been sexually assaulted: diagnosis of the pregnancy, seeking legal abortion, and hospitalization in a university hospital. This was a qualitative study that interviewed ten women 18 to 38 years of age, with at least eight years of schooling, one to five years after legal abortion. The women had been previously unaware of their right to a legal abortion, were ashamed about the sexual assault, kept it secret, and had not sought immediate care. The diagnosis of pregnancy provoked anxiety and the wish to undergo an abortion. Women treated through private health plans received either insufficient orientation or none at all. Respectful treatment by the healthcare staff proved relevant for the women to cope with the abortion. The study highlights the need to publicize the right to abortion in cases of rape-related pregnancy and the healthcare services that perform legal abortion, in addition to training healthcare and law enforcement teams to handle such cases. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 09/18226-0 - Life experiences of women victims of sexual abuse who requested legal abortion in CAISM/UNICAMP
Grantee:Arlete Maria dos Santos Fernandes
Support type: Regular Research Grants