Marian Ayerza

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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

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1 online resource (63 pages)


Abortion -- Oregon -- Portland, Abortion




In view of the current diversity of public opinion concerning the legalization of abortion in this country, it appears timely that a study of the pragmatic issues faced in obtaining an abortion be undertaken. The researchers see this as a step toward narrowing the lag between the enactment of the abortion law and the delivery of services that allow the right of abortion to be an accessible choice for women.

There has been a change in public opinion, regarding the right of abortion, only recently. In 1960, a public opinion poll showed that fewer than 15 percent of the population believed that women have the right to have an abortion if they so choose. In 1969, that figure rose to 40 percent and in 1971 over 50 percent of the population polled believed abortion to be a legal right for women, as stated by Nancy Brown in Abortion; Women's Fight for the Right to Choose.

This study has been designed to ascertain which problems, if any, a woman has in arranging for and financing a legal abortion once she has decided to terminate a pregnancy.


A report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work

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