This study investigated the meaning of women's elective abortion experiences. American women who had ended or were nearing the end of their intended childbearing and had terminated a pregnancy for non-genetic reasons participated in a phenomenological exploration. Sixteen women participated in this interpretive phenomenological study which resulted in nine overall themes. The theme of making sense is detailed in this article. Women make sense of their abortion in varied ways and helping women make sense of their abortions is critical for their wellbeing.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Maternity and Midwifery