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Why Do Some Women Have Abortions?
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Deciding to have an abortion is always hard. Some religions teach that abortion is wrong and in many countries abortion is not legal or safe. But there are many reasons a woman may try to have an abortion anyway. Here are some examples:
- She already has all the children she can care for.
- A pregnancy is a danger to her health or her life.
- She has no partner to help support the child.
- She wants to finish school.
- She does not want to have children.
- She got pregnant after being forced to have sex.
- Someone is forcing her to have an abortion.
- The child will be born with serious problems (birth defects).
- She has HIV or AIDS.
|Emergency Family Planning Methods|
A woman who has had unprotected sex within the last 5 days may be able to prevent pregnancy if she acts quickly. See Emergency Family Planning Methods.