“Um… I’m Pregnant.” Young Men’s Attitudes Towards Their Role in Abortion Decision-Making

  title={“Um… I’m Pregnant.” Young Men’s Attitudes Towards Their Role in Abortion Decision-Making},
  author={Ellen Sharp and Julie Richter and Alison Rutherford},
  journal={Sexuality Research and Social Policy},
Estimates of abortion rates in Australia suggest that substantial numbers of men are party to an unplanned pregnancy. Although men have no formal legal rights in the decision to terminate a pregnancy, they may be liable to pay child support. The purpose of this 2011 study was to glean young men’s perspectives on their role in unplanned pregnancy. In semi-structured in-depth interviews, ten male university students aged 20–23 gave their views on their role in imaginary scenarios and real-life… Expand
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