Table 3

Reasons given for not having an ultrasound and for using Women on Web (WoW)

ReasonTotal*
(n=778)
Pre-COVID-19**
(n=347)
COVID-19***
(n=390)
P value
Reason for no ultrasound (multiple answers accepted)
I cannot afford one36.0% (215)37.8% (98)34.4% (105)0.689
I cannot get to a clinic because of lack of transportation10.7% (64)5.4% (14)15.4% (47)0.0001
I did not know that I needed one4.4% (26)4.2% (11)3.9% (12)0.942
I am afraid my partner or other people will find out32.2% (192)33.2% (86)30.8% (94)0.83
I just did not have time to do it10.1% (60)10.8% (28)9.8% (30)0.85
I am unsure where to get one3.4% (20)1.2% (3)5.6% (17)0.004
I thought I did not need one as I am sure I am pregnant and I know how long I have been pregnant32.5% (194)34.0% (88)32.1% (98)0.942
Reason for using Women on Web (WoW) (multiple answers accepted)
aIt is hard for me to access abortion because of…
bI prefer to access abortion through WoW because…
aCoronavirus25.4% (194)NA50.3% (194)NA
aLegal restrictions11.9% (91)13.0% (44)10.6% (41)0.358
aCost12.8% (98)13.6% (46)12.4% (48)0.7
aStigma8.1% (62)7.4% (25)9.1% (35)0.381
aDistance9.6% (73)7.7% (26)11.1% (43)0.1
aChildcare16.5% (126)19.8% (67)13.2% (51)0.021
aWork or school commitments15.6% (119)17.5% (59)13.5% (52)0.164
aI need to keep my abortion a secret from my partner or family40.9% (312)46.2% (156)36.0% (139)0.01
aMy partner is abusive4.1% (31)3.8% (13)4.4% (17)0.674
aProtestors12.3% (94)9.8% (33)14.2% (55)0.055
bI would rather take care of my own abortion33.0% (252)37.0% (125)29.5% (114)0.049
b Abortion pills are not available in my country5.9% (45)5.6% (19)6.0% (23)0.805
bI would be more comfortable at home35.6% (272)37.0% (125)33.2% (128)0.361
bI would rather have my partner or friend with me during the process19.7% (150)18.9% (64)20.2% (78)0.593
bI would rather keep my abortion private37.0% (282)41.4% (140)33.2% (128)0.034
bI find it empowering7.5% (57)7.7% (26)7.5% (29)0.977
aI am an undocumented immigrant6.0% (46)4.7% (16)7.8% (30)0.084
Other reason1.7% (13)2.7% (9)0.8%30.051
  • All data are given as a percentage of responses (n).

  • *March–December 2019, March–November 2020; **March–November 2019; ***March–November 2020.

  • NA, not applicable.