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

Join us for a global day of action to support abortion rights!

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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

Learn More About Our Work on Safe and Legal Abortion

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

By IWHC Staff

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.

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A Rapid Response to Zika in Brazil

By IWHC Staff

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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Expanding Access to Safe Abortion in Nigeria, One Woman at a Time

By Erin Williams

GIWYN is IWHC’s newest grantee partner in Nigeria, working to increase awareness and expand access to safe abortion across the country.

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Brazil Declares Zika Crisis Over, But Is It?

By Shena Cavallo

Brazil recently declared the Zika emergency over, but for those living in the most at-risk areas, the virus is a constant threat.

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Trump’s Global “Protecting Life” Policy Endangers Lives

By IWHC Staff

The Global Gag Rule will now be applied to all US global health aid, which will have devastating impact.

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She Decides: Because the US Shouldn’t Trump Women’s Right to Safe Abortion

By Shannon Kowalski

A new initiative to fill the gap left by Trump’s disastrous Global Gag is welcome and much needed, but it won’t be enough.

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Reproductive Rights: The Canary In The Coal Mine

By Françoise Girard

Women’s rights—and in particular reproductive rights—often act like a “canary in the coal mine” of human rights. When the overall danger to human rights is not clear to most observers, feminist activists see the first signs of what is to come.

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Global Marches Mark a Strong Beginning

By IWHC Staff

IWHC was in Washington, DC, Manhattan, and San Francisco at the Women’s March Saturday to show our support for women’s health and rights.

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Nikki Haley: Trump’s Choice for US Ambassador to the UN is a Poor Choice for a Bold Women’s Agenda

By IWHC Staff

South Carolina Governor Haley is an unfortunate choice to represent the United States at the single-most important multilateral institution prepared to tackle the world’s global challenges.

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Trump’s Health Secretary Nominee Poses Risks for Global Health Agenda

By IWHC Staff

Tom Price has proven to be anti-science and anti-reproductive health.

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Actions Around the World 

Events and actions by IWHC grantee partners, grouped by region


  • In South Africa—which celebrates this year the 20-year anniversary of the “Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act” —the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition is hosting a series of panel discussions on how to further action for safe abortion. While the country has one of the world’s most progressive abortion laws, it is not fully implemented and stigma around abortion persists.


  • The Asia Safe Abortion Partnership will be holding a virtual film festival of short films and videos from their “Let’s Talk Abortion” series.

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