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 CoalitionSaturday, 03 December 2005
By Juan Forero
The New York Times, December 3, 2005
PAMPLONA, Colombia – In this tradition-bound Roman Catholic town one day in April, two young women did what many here consider unthinkable: pregnant and scared, they took a cheap ulcer medication known to induce abortions. When the drug left them bleeding, they were treated at a local emergency room—then promptly arrested.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionSaturday, 05 March 2005
The New York Times, March 5, 2005
At a moment when the United States should be leading the world on advancing women's equality, the Bush administration chose instead to alienate government ministers and 6,000 other delegates at an important United Nations conference on that issue with a burst of anti-abortion zealotry this week.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionTuesday, 01 February 2005
>>Available in PDF from WWHR's website
Summary: By Dr. Sherifa Zuhur (publishedby Women for Women's Human Rights-New Ways, February 2005). Examinesthe common aspects of criminal laws in the Middle East and North Africarelated to sexuality and provides a historical perspective on theamalgamation of tribal, religious, colonial laws and their impact onmodern codes. Providing a thematic comparative study of constructs ofhonor, adultery, honor crimes, rape, sexual abuse, abortion, maritalrape, homosexuality, sex work, FGM and similar issues, the articleexplores how human rights violations in the domain of sexuality arelegitimized by law in the region and how oppression of sexuality inperpetrated by the existing penal systems. The article is both a uniqueresource and a powerful advocacy tool for ongoing reform initiatives inthe region (76 pages).
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionTuesday, 11 January 2005
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionWednesday, 01 December 2004
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionWednesday, 10 November 2004
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionMonday, 01 November 2004
>>Available in PDF
Summary: By Cynthia Steele, Vice President, Programs, IWHC; and Susana Chiarotti, Director, Instituto de Genero, Derecho y Desarollo, Rosario, Argentina (Reproductive Health Matters, Vol. 12 No. 24 Supplement, November 2004, pp. 39-46).
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionFriday, 02 July 2004
Science, Vol 305, Issue 5680, 17, 2 July 2004
By Adrienne Germain
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision in May 2004 not to allow over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill, Plan B, is but one troubling example of the increasing impact of politics and ideology on science and health policy. The agency's ruling, contrary to recommendations from an external advisory panel and its own scientific staff, is indicative of the growing gap between common sense and U.S. policies affecting the well-being of women and girls worldwide.
Written By Whitney WelshimerTuesday, 01 June 2004
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionMonday, 10 May 2004
Newsweek, May 10, 2004
By Kati MartonWomen suffer countless disadvantages compared with men. Even after decades of progress, we make up two thirds of the world's 880 million illiterate adults, and up to 70 percent of its poorest citizens. But health remains the cruelest of all inequalities. Click here to read the full text of the article.
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