Playing it safe: Legal and clandestine abortions among adolescents in Ethiopia
This paper estimates the incidence of legal and clandestine abortions and the severity of abortion-related complications among adolescent and nonadolescent women in Ethiopia in 2014. We find no evidence that adolescents are more likely than older women to have clandestine abortions. However, the higher abortion and pregnancy rates among sexually active adolescents suggest that they face barriers in access to and use of contraceptive services. Further work is needed to address the persistence of clandestine abortions among adolescents in a context where safe and legal abortion is available.
Authors: Sully, Elizabeth, Yohannes Dibaba, Tamara Fetters, Nakeisha Blades, Akinrinola Bankole