The present study used the 2014 Ghana Health and Demographic Survey data to examine the effects of selected social and demographic factors associated with abortion rate in the country. We found that abortion rate is high in Ghana with over one-fifth (21%) of the women reporting to have terminated pregnancy. Women between the ages of 35-39 were more likely to have abortions compared to women between the ages of 15-19 years. Women with secondary education were more likely to terminate pregnancy compared to women with no formal education, while women residing in rural areas were less likely to terminate pregnancy compared to their urban counterparts. Ever married women were more likely than never married women to terminate a pregnancy, while women wealthy women were more likely to terminate pregnancy compared to their less wealthy counterparts.
Presented in Session 1. Fertility, Family Planning, Sexual Behavior, & Reproductive Health 1