Table 1

Background and pregnancy-related characteristics of 109 women in Germany requesting an abortion through Women on Web between 1 January and 31 December 2019

Continuous variablesMedian
(IQR, range)
Gestational age (days)* (missing n=189)36 (11, 21–127)
Age (years)29 (9, 12–53)
Categorical variables % (n)
Age (years)
 ≤186.4 (70)
 19–2949.3 (537)
 30–4040 (436)
 ≥414.3 (47)
Population size of town of residence†
 Population ≥100 00035.8 (390)
 Population <100 00064.2 (700)
Undocumented immigrant5.0 (54)
Gravidity† (missing n=48)
 017.9 (186)
 126.1 (272)
 220.7 (216)
 318.4 (192)
 >316.9 (176)
Parity (missing n=55)
 045.3 (469)
 123.2 (240)
 220.2 (209)
 >211.3 (117)
Previous abortions (missing n=88)
0 75.3 (754)
1 19.1 (191)
>1 5.7 (57)
Previous caesarean section (missing n=1)21.5 (234)
Reasons for unwanted pregnancy (missing n=6)
 No use of contraceptives29.7 (322)
 Contraceptives failed64.3 (697)
 Rape5.7 (62)
Reasons for abortion‡ (missing n=9)
 Cannot have child at this point of life58.9 (637)
 Financial situation46.6 (504)
 Family is complete26.5 (286)
 Age (too young/old)26.1 (282)
 Want to finish school24.5 (265)
 Illness1.9 (21)
  • *Values for days since last menstrual period (LMP) <21 days re-coded as missing data since a pregnancy test rarely detects an ongoing pregnancy before this time.

  • †Questions not regarding medical eligibility are optional which explains missing data.

  • ‡Multiple responses allowed, total response percentages therefore exceed 100%.