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Attitudes toward abortion, social welfare programs, and gender roles in the U.S. and South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-30 en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-05T09:15:13Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-05T09:15:13Z
dc.date.issued 2019-11-05 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/14970
dc.description.abstract Public abortion attitudes are important predictors of abortion stigma and accessibility, even in legal settings like the U.S. and South Africa. With data from the U.S. General Social Survey and South African Social Attitudes Survey, we used ordinal logistic regressions to measure whether abortion acceptability (in cases of poverty and fetal anomaly) is related to attitudes about social welfare programs and gender roles, then assessed differences by race/ethnicity and education. Social welfare program attitudes did not correlate with abortion acceptability in the U.S., but in South Africa, greater support for income equalization and increased government spending on the poor correlated with lower abortion acceptability in circumstances of poverty. This was significant for Black African and higher educated South Africans. In the U.S., egalitarian gender role attitudes correlated with higher acceptability of abortion in circumstances of poverty and fetal anomaly This was significant for White and less educated Americans. In South Africa, egalitarian gender role attitudes correlated with higher abortion acceptability for fetal anomaly overall and among Black and less educated respondents, but among non-Black South Africans they correlated with higher abortion acceptability in circumstances of poverty. These results suggest abortion attitudes are distinctly related to socioeconomic and gender ideology depending ones national context, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Reducing abortion stigma will require community-based approaches rooted in intersectional reproductive justice frameworks. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject ABORTION en
dc.subject GENDER en
dc.subject ATTITUDES en
dc.title Attitudes toward abortion, social welfare programs, and gender roles in the U.S. and South Africa en
dc.type Journal articles - non-HSRC staff en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TAAMAA en
dc.Volume April en
dc.BudgetYear 2019/20 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Critical Public Health en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11036 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 10136 en
dc.bibliographictitle Mosley, E.A., Anderson, B.A., Harris, L.H., Fleming, P.J. & Schulz, A.J. (2019) Attitudes toward abortion, social welfare programs, and gender roles in the U.S. and South Africa. <i>Critical Public Health</i>. April:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2019 en
dc.contributor.author1 Mosley, E.A. en
dc.contributor.author2 Anderson, B.A. en
dc.contributor.author3 Harris, L.H. en
dc.contributor.author4 Fleming, P.J. en
dc.contributor.author5 Schulz, A.J. en


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