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Title: Abortion : policy and practice : the experiences of women and practitioners
Author: Garratt, Jane
ISNI:       0000 0001 3491 3631
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2006
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This research explores the subjective nature and emotional involvement of the abortion experience for both the woman and the practitioner. It demonstrates that involvement in the termination experience entails a complex set of pressures for both women and practitioners. Feelings of ambiguity exist and the decision is by no means straightforward for either party. Abortion referral and after-care is centred on the medical model and evidence based practice when in fact the emotional component should also be considered and followed through because any after effects of the termination are likely to be of an emotional as opposed to a medical nature. It is also important that it is recognized from the outset that the researcher, as a woman and a mother, has been instrumental in developing and shaping the model and the findings realized as a result of this research. This research examines how the concepts of woman, abortion, choice and the "docile body" have changed since the passing of The Abortion Act 1967 and demonstrates how in the face of these changes practitioners remain able to comply with the law. The research documents the effects that these changes of perception have had on the aborting woman. The research argues that recognizing abortion as a life choice for a woman does not by itself eradicate any feelings of loss she may experience about the pregnancy. Indeed, until such time as the abortion experience is recognized as both a life choice and as a loss for the woman, women will be subjected to feelings of confusion, isolation and doubt, and will struggle to find a sense of closure. Seventeen women who had an abortion were interviewed. They were able to provide a reflective account of their experiences and were encouraged to "tell their story" in the absence of preconceptions or expectations. The views of a woman who had an unplanned pregnancy before the 1967 Act were also included. Four different groups of medical practitioners were also included in this research; these were general practitioners, family planning practitioners, gynecologists, and a private practitioner.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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