Each year, an estimated 20 million unsafe abortions occur worldwide. About 70,000 women, the vast majority of them in developing countries, die from the consequences of these abortions, and untold numbers suffer severe health effects. Even though abortion is legal in almost all countries to save a woman's life and in three-fifths of countries to protect her physical and mental health, safe abortion services are often not provided by public health systems or are of poor quality.
Our resources on abortion provide information and frameworks for developing policy that regards access to safe and legal abortion as a human right.
Browse our resources on safe and legal abortion below.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionThursday, 01 January 1998
HERA Action Sheets
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionFriday, 01 September 1995
FWCW Factsheets on Women's Health and Rights
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Summary: Set of 3 factsheets on reproductive health and rights, sexual health, and sexual rights, prepared for the Fourth World Conference on Women, 9 pages total.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionFriday, 01 January 1993
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionMonday, 01 January 1990
Abortion Policy and Women's Health in Developing Countries
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Summary: By Ruth Dixon Mueller (International Journal of Health Services, Vol. 20, No. 2, 1990, New York: Baywood Publishing). This paper, commissioned by IWHC, draws on presentations given at the IWHC-sponsored Christopher Tietze International Symposium, "Women's Health in the Third World: The Impact of Unwanted Pregnancies," Brazil, 1988 (17 pages).
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Written By International Women's Health CoalitionMonday, 01 May 1989
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionWednesday, 30 November -0001
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionThursday, 26 April 2012The international target of universal access to reproductive health is vital to the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to the effective implementation of population, health, and development policies. Attaining sexual and reproductive health and rights for all requires an essential policy package, which originated at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and remains relevant today.
Written By Lori AdelmanMonday, 18 October 2010
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionTuesday, 28 October 2008>>Available in PDF
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionTuesday, 22 January 2008>>Available in PDF
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Safe abortion—the termination of a pregnancy by trained health care providers using correct, sanitary technique and proper equipment—is a simple, lifesaving health service. Nonetheless, of the 42 million induced abortions each year, an estimated 20 million are unsafe and 97% of those occur in developing countries. Every year, nearly 70,000 women die unnecessarily from the complications of unsafe abortions, and countless more suffer infections, infertility, and debilitating injuries.
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