We work to expand the availability and quality of safe abortion services as part of comprehensive reproductive health policies and programs. We understand that restrictive abortion laws do not reduce the number of abortions; instead they force the procedure underground and into the hands of unqualified practitioners.

 

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UN Special Rapporteurs Call for Strong Action on International Safe Abortion Day

  • September 28, 2017

IWHC welcomes the unprecedented call to action on women’s rights by United Nations human rights experts marking International Safe Abortion Day.

Key Takeaways from First Global Convening to Fight Conscientious Objection to Abortion

Reproductive rights advocates have noted an increase in the use of conscientious objection by health providers to deny abortions to those who need or want them. In August 2017, IWHC and our partner MYSU brought together global experts to tackle this emerging human rights issue.

Abortion Laws Liberalizing in Latin America, But Implementation is Slow

Last month's progress on abortion rights in Chile is one of several examples of reproductive rights advances taking place in Latin American countries, and a trend in the liberalization of abortion laws in the region over two decades.

Where Are We Now? A Snapshot of Some of the World’s Most Egregious Abortion Laws

In the lead-up to International Safe Abortion Day on September 28, IWHC takes a look at some of the most dangerous places in the world to access an abortion.

A Rapid Response to Zika in Brazil

In 2016, Zika caused a public health crisis in Brazil; Thankfully, women’s groups have a long history in Brazil, and they were well poised to take up the charge.

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