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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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HEILBORN, Maria Luiza et al. Abortion itineraries in a clandestine context in the city of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.7, pp.1699-1708. ISSN 1678-4561.

From a series of in-depth interviews, we gathered a significant amount of ethnographic material on the concrete and symbolic paths taken by young women and their partners in the search for a solution to an unplanned pregnancy. Inequities in Brazilian society are expressed in itineraries/routes of different sinuosity, complexity and duration according to the individuals' social and material conditions of existence. Thus, for middle class youths access to abortion is very swift and secure, whereas for the rest of women the decision to abort consists of efforts on different levels to achieve the undertaking. The narratives may assume dramatic proportions, including abortion even in advanced stages of pregnancy.

Keywords : Youth; Pregnancy; Abortion; Contraception; Qualitative research; Anthropology.

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