Background. Jordan laws on permitting abortion are considered moderate. Religion is one of the key determinants of people's attitudes towards abortion and plays a crucial role in people's readiness to accept or refute this practice. In this study, we examined the attitudes of medical and health sciences students towards abortion. Methods. In this cross-sectional study, a self-administered questionnaire survey was distributed to students at Jordan University of Science and Technology. Attitudes towards abortion were tested using 16 items that were included in the survey. Descriptive statistics and logistic regression models were used in the analysis. Results. A total of 1324 students in the medicine and dentistry colleges participated in the study. Two-thirds of the participants were women. Most participants were 20-25 years old, and they grew up in a family of 6-8 members. The overall attitude towards abortion was negative, except if the pregnancy was a threat to the mother's life (91.5%) or if the conception occurred from rape (54.2%). Otherwise, the students indicated that every conceived child has the right to be born (76.8%) and that abortion is considered murder (53.1%). Furthermore, the students who were more likely to support abortion were those attending the medical college, living in a city, and/or raised in smaller families (p=0.04). Conclusions. Compared with other students, medical students were more supportive of abortion. This implied the necessity to include training on safe abortion in the medical curriculum and increase public awareness of the importance of safe abortion.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Immunology and Microbiology
- General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology