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Health Care Women Int. 2012;33(11):1060-9. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2012.673660.

Mexican women seeking safe abortion services in San Diego, California.

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Ibis Reproductive Health, Oakland, California 94612, USA. dgrossman@ibisreproductivehealth.org

Abstract

Except for in Mexico City, abortion is legally restricted throughout Mexico, and unsafe abortion is prevalent. We surveyed 1,516 women seeking abortions in San Diego, California. Of these, 87 women (5.7%) self-identified as Mexican residents. We performed in-depth interviews with 17 of these women about their experiences seeking abortions in California. The Mexican women interviewed were generally well-educated and lived near the U.S.-Mexican border; most sought care in the United States due to mistrust of services in Mexico, and the desire to access mifepristone, a drug registered in the United States for early medical abortion. Several reported difficulties obtaining health care in Mexico or reentering the United States when they had postabortion complications. Several areas for improvement were identified, including outreach to clinics in Mexico.

PMID:
23066967
DOI:
10.1080/07399332.2012.673660
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