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Reproduction: Abortion: Arab States
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Various sociocultural constraints in the Arab region interfere with women's perceptions of health and their capabilities to seek care and make informed decisions about their health and well-being. At times, husbands or other family members make health-related decisions for them (Zurayk et al. 1995, Aoyama 2001) and in certain communities, use of reproductive health and family-planning services by women is also influenced by the opinions and teachings of religious and local leaders.

These constraints, together with economic factors, are also associated with inappropr…

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el-Kak, Faysal, “Reproduction: Abortion: Arab States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 20 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0187a>
First published online: 2009



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