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Table 3 Knowledge of legalization of abortion law and experience of abortion by background characteristic of female youth

From: Knowledge on legislation of abortion and experience of abortion among female youth in Nepal: A cross sectional study

  Knowledge on abortion law (%) Have an abortion (%) Total N
No Yes No Yes  
Age group -    ***  
 15-19 60.2 39.8 99.5 0.5 2753
 20-24 57.7 42.3 97.2 2.8 2297
Ethnicity   ***   -  
 Brahmin/Chhetri 45.4 54.6 98.4 1.6 1611
 Janajati 57.4 42.6 98.3 1.7 2053
 Dalit 72.3 27.7 98.4 1.6 762
 Other 83.2 16.8 99.5 0.5 625
Education level of youth   ***   **  
 No education 86.8 13.2 99.6 0.4 866
 Primary 74.0 26.0 97.7 2.3 887
 Secondary or above 47.7 52.3 98.4 1.6 3298
Marital status   ***   ***  
 Never married 54.6 45.4 100.0 0.1 2476
 Ever married 63.3 36.7 97.1 2.9 2575
Number of children ever born (CEB)   ***   ***  
 None 56.6 43.4 99.5 0.5 3318
 1-2 61.6 38.4 96.3 3.7 1534
 3 or more 79.0 21.0 97.4 2.6 198
Religion   ***   -  
 Hindu 57.5 42.5 98.5 1.5 4231
 Buddhist 60.3 39.7 98.2 1.8 458
 Muslim 90.7 9.3 99.4 0.6 207
 Kirat/Christian 54.8 45.2 98.4 1.6 155
Ecological zone   *   -  
 Mountain 54.3 45.7 99.0 1.0 316
 Hill 57.9 42.1 98.4 1.6 1996
 Terai 60.4 39.6 98.5 1.5 2738
Place of residence   ***   -  
 Urban 52.0 48.0 97.6 2.4 692
 Rural 60.1 39.9 98.6 1.4 4358
Wealth index   ***   ***  
 Poor 69.1 30.9 99.1 0.9 1794
 Middle 64.4 35.6 99.2 0.8 1095
 Rich 47.9 52.1 97.6 2.4 2162
Autonomy in household decision   -   ***  
 No autonomy 59.7 40.3 99.6 0.4 3667
 Moderate autonomy (involved in 1-2 issues) 58.3 41.7 96.9 3.1 809
 High autonomy (involved in all 3 issues) 55.9 44.1 93.8 6.2 575
Physical violence by husband/partner   ***   -  
 No 58.1 41.9 98.5 1.5 4847
 Yes 81.2 18.8 97.8 2.2 204
Emotional violence by husband/partner   ***   -  
 No 58.5 41.5 98.5 1.5 4898
 Yes 77.2 22.8 96.9 3.1 152
Sexual violence by husband/partner   ***   *  
 No 58.5 41.5 98.5 1.5 4936
 Yes 79.4 20.6 96.0 4.0 115
Total 59.0 41.0 98.5 1.5 5050
  1. Note *** Significant at Chi-square test p < 0.001, ** = p < 0.01, and * = p < 0.05