International Safe Abortion Day Sept 28: Ana Paula Rosário of Odara Instituto da Mulher Negra
Ana Paula Rosário of Odara Instituto da Mulher Negra, an IWHC partner advocating for abortion rights in Brazil

Sept. 28th: International Safe Abortion Day

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The Human Cost of the Global Gag Rule

The Global Gag Rule is a policy that prevents all foreign organizations receiving US global health aid from providing abortion services, referrals, or information—even if they use non-US funds to do so. This policy will have devastating and widespread effects, from cutting off access to contraceptives, to limiting HIV/AIDS counseling and maternal health care. In this short video, Monica Oguttu from the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET), a grantee partner of IWHC, explains the human cost of this policy for women and girls in Kenya.

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On September 28th, we are using our voices to stand up for safe and legal abortion worldwide. You can join us online by tweeting or sharing below!

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Abortion is a human right! #IResistWePersist with @IntlWomen to protect #safeabortion for all women & girls

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Actions Around the World 

Events and actions by IWHC grantee partners, grouped by region



  • The Asia Safe Abortion Partnership will be holding a virtual film festival of short films and videos from their “Let’s Talk Abortion” series.
  • CREA, in partnership with Global Health Strategies (GHS), is launching a campaign to address unsafe abortion from the point of view of access to services and barriers within the health system.

Eastern Europe

  • ASTRA, the Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health, will present stories of women who participated in Poland’s successful “Black Monday” protests last year. Public outrage at a bill that would have banned abortion in almost all circumstances forced the government to table it.

Latin America