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ERIC Number: ED183433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Pages: 58
Abstractor: N/A
Protest Motherhood: Pregnancy Decision-Making Behavior and Attitudes Towards Abortion.
Chesney-Lind, Meda
The document describes research on womens' attitudes toward abortion and their decision-making when pregnant leading to either birth or abortion. The objective was "to explore how womens' perceptions of the option of legal abortion have affected their pregnancy decision-making behavior" and to note the impact of their particular choices on their attitudes toward abortion. Interviews were held with 172 pregnant women in Hawaii facing the decision of birth or abortion. Information was solicited about their life situation; attitudes toward contraception, drugs, sexuality, women's roles, motherhood, and abortion; sexual activity; and pregnancy history. They were also asked about the sequence of events after the discovery of pregnancy and details of decision-making determining either birth or abortion. Findings included that decisions for or against abortion were based largely on the woman's situation, social support, and social class; that the definition of the situation revolved around pregnancy planning and orientation toward marriage and/or motherhood; that the attitudes of those who chose abortion were positive; and that the more deviant the woman's situation in light of norms condemning unwed motherhood, the more intense her negative attitude toward abortion. The conclusion is that legal abortion has made a dramatic impact on female pregnancy decision-making in that the option has restructured the traditional system for responding to unplanned pregnancy. (CK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Boston, MA, August 1979); Not available from EDRS in paper copy due to light and broken print type of original document