Perceptions of Termination of Pregnancy by Young Adults Aged 18-24 Years Seeking Health Services in Kiambu County Level 5 Hospital, Kenya
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Introduction: In Kenya, the subject of abortion draws significant objections, underpinned by medical, socio-cultural, ethical, moral, and religious beliefs. Currently, the subject of abortion remains highly disapproved. Abortion continues to be an essential factor affecting women's reproductive lives and survival in the developing world. Unsafe abortion causes various health related and psychological effects. This study uses a variation on Bronfenbrenner's model as the conceptual framework for perceptions associated with TOP. Methods: The research design that was utilized in this study was a qualitative, cross sectional study. All potential participants in the proposed study were selected through probability sampling. The probability sampling was carried out through cluster random sampling technique where the cluster is Kiambu county. The data collection technique employed for the study consisted of a self-administered questionnaire and researcher-assisted interviews guided by our self-designed questionnaire. Interview was analyzed and transcribed utilizing qualitative content and thematic analytic methods adopted from grounded theory. Data from the audit tool was entered and analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS), data analysis software (Version 20). A total of 200 respondents participated in the research study and their responses recorded. The purpose of the study was to describe the perceptions on termination of pregnancy among young adults aged 18-24 years seeking healthcare services in Kiambu level V hospital. The study utilized 200 respondents, with 61% female and 39% male respondents. Results: Our study found that abortion is a common practice among young adults seeking health services in Kiambu level V hospitals. Conclusion: Our study concluded that most young adults support the legalization of abortion in Kenya.