Prevalence of and attitudes to abortion among migrant women in Sydney

  • Farhat Yusuf
  • Stefania Siedlecky


This study, based on a socio-demographic survey, conducted in 1988, of 980 ever-married women of Lebanese, Turkish or Vietnamese origin, shows that Turkish women had the most liberal attitudes and reported the highest incidence of abortion. More than half of the Turkish women and only 10–15 per cent of Lebanese and Vietnamese women thought that a woman should have the right to make the abortion decision herself. In spite of religious and moral objections there were many women who were prepared to consider having an abortion in a variety of common situations such as contraceptive failure, rape, extra-marital pregnancy and medical conditions.


Migrant Woman Liberal Attitude Medical Ground Turkish Woman Contraceptive Failure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Farhat Yusuf
    • 1
  • Stefania Siedlecky
    • 1
  1. 1.Demographic Research Group, School of Economic and Financial StudiesMacquarie UniversitySydney

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