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Place where most recent abortion was performed

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ABORTPLACE reports the type of medical facility or other place (such as at home) where the respondent had her most recent abortion performed.

The harmonized coding categories in the IPUMS-DHS variable ABORTPLACE were constructed to reflect the major and minor categories in the original DHS variable. The major categories are:

  • 1000: Public sector facilities
  • 2000: Private medical sector facilities
  • 3000: Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • 4000: Unspecified medical sector
  • 5000: Other

The second, third, and fourth digits of ABORTPLACE's codes distinguish between specific locations and provide additional detail, if available.


ABORTPLACE has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

ABORTPLACE is a country-specific variable, and it is not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.


  • Congo Brazzaville 2005: Women age 15-49 whose last pregnancy termination in the past 5 years was an abortion.
  • Congo Brazzaville 2011: Women age 15-49 who had an abortion in the last 5 years.
  • India 2015: Women age 15-49 whose most recent terminated pregnancy in the past 5 years was an abortion.
  • Liberia 2007: Women age 15-24 who have ever had an abortion.
  • South Africa 2016: Women age 15-49 who had a surgical or surgical and medical abortion in the past 5 years.
  • Congo Brazzaville: 2005-W, 2005-C, 2005-B, 2011-W, 2011-C, 2011-B
  • India: 2015-W, 2015-C, 2015-B, 2015-W
  • Liberia: 2007-W, 2007-C, 2007-B
  • South Africa: 2016-W, 2016-C, 2016-B, 2016-W