Are partners available for post-abortion contraceptive counseling? A pilot study in a Baltimore City clinic

Britta Beenhakker, Stan Becker, Stephanie Hires, Nell Molano Di Targiana, Paul Blumenthal, George Huggins

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About half of the 1.2 million abortions each year in the United States are repeat abortions. While most abortion providers counsel women about contraception, one reason for the high repeat rate could be failure to take into account the social context of the women - in particular, the male partner. To assess whether there might be a window of opportunity for a contraceptive intervention that includes the male partner at the time of the abortion, we undertook a pilot study at an urban abortion clinic to examine the role of the male partner among women receiving abortions. Between May 2001 and August 2002, two questionnaires were administered to 109 women receiving abortions in a Baltimore City clinic. On the procedure day, women were more likely to be accompanied by a male partner upon arrival (30%) or when leaving (34%) than by any other individual. The majority of women receiving abortions reported that their partners played positive decision-making and support roles throughout the abortion process. A significant proportion of couples could be available for contraceptive counseling following an abortion, providing rationale for couples' post-abortion contraceptive counseling for women whose partners are already actively and positively involved in the abortion process. Such an intervention may help to reduce repeat abortions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-423
Number of pages5
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Abortion
  • Contraceptive intervention
  • Couple(s)
  • Male involvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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