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Demographic characteristics of 400 women from Ireland and the Philippines who completed the online consultation form of the telemedical abortion service ‘Women on Web’

Demographic characteristics of 400 women from Ireland and the Philippines who completed the online consultation form of the telemedical abortion service ‘Women on Web’

Therefore, a sample was taken from the Philippines and Ireland, two very different Catholic countries with strict anti-abortion legislation. We found that geographical, cultural and political differences also correspond with demographic characteristics of women who completed the online consultation.

For example, average rates of contraceptive usage in the Philippines is 41% to 50%. On the other hand, in Ireland contraceptives are widely available and accessible and 64.8% of people aged 18–49 use contraceptives. Our analyses found that more women from the Philippines reported that the unwanted pregnancy was caused because they did not use contraceptives compared to women from the Ireland (70.5% vs 41.5%).