Roger Ingham


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    Barriers to presenting sooner

    Roger Ingham University of Southampton, Southampton, UK -

    This paper will provide a review of what is known about factors associated with women seeking termination of pregnancy after the first trimester. A few introductory comments will be made about terminology in this area, especially the use of the term ‘late' and its possible stigmatizing effect. Attention will then turn to the extent to which delays in seeking and obtaining terminations are linked to service provider factors and/or women-centred factors. Data from a recently published chapter (in Sam Rowlands' edited collection) which features an international literature review will be presented to illustrate how the relative importance and balance between these factors vary across cultures and contexts. Finally, data from a recent UK-based study will be summarized, and some reflections as to the likely impact of changing the upper limit will be presented.