(ISCIENCE TIMES) — Women who seek abortions are seven times more likely to be abused than women who do not, according to a new study, published in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. Researchers also found that poorer women were more likely to terminate their pregnancy than more affluent women.
Approximately 9,500 women completed a questionnaire distributed by staff at abortion clinics in 2008. Seven percent of the women surveyed admitted to being physically or sexually abused by the father of their child. National surveys have found that one percent of U.S. women are abused by their spouse — meaning women who seek abortions are seven times as likely to have been abused.