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Managing unwanted pregnancies in Benin and Burkina Faso : affective situations and popular abortion practices

Abstract : When faced with unwanted pregnancies and their sanitary consequences, medical abortion with misoprostol, appears as an exit. In Africa, where legislation towards abortion is the most restrictive, this practice is less developed than elsewhere. The use of misoprostol, particularly in French-speaking countries, is little documented. This qualitative study, led in Cotonou and Ouagadougou, describes current realities surrounding emotional relations and sexuality, in link with abortion and concrete modes set up for this purpose. We first underline the gap between sexual practices disconnected from reproductive questions and social recommendations widely focused on this association. Then we highlight very different abortion practices in the two countries, among which medical abortion, although in minority, seems to be developing.
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Carine Baxerres, Ines Boko, Adjara Konkobo, Fatoumata Ouattara, Agnès Guillaume. Managing unwanted pregnancies in Benin and Burkina Faso : affective situations and popular abortion practices. Anthropologie & Santé - Revue internationale francophone d'anthropologie de la santé, Association Amades, 2018, ⟨10.4000/anthropologiesante.2872⟩. ⟨hal-02065302⟩

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