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September 28 2015 Report!

We are happy to share the 2015 report for the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion! Thanks to partners and members the 2015 Campaign was a great success with more than 100 actions around the world and over 2 million people mobilized online!  

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Campaign Materials

On this page you will find the materials that can be used for your mobilisation for September 28. WGNRR team has developed specially for this day of action banner posters and stickers with the slogan “Diverse Actions, Different Places, One Demand!” reflecting the massive mobilisation by activists around the globe for the right to access to safe and legal abortion as a human right.

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Collection of videos resources helpful in your advocacy for the right to safe and legal abortion.

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sept 28 report image

September 28 2015 Report!

We are happy to share the 2015 report for the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion! Thanks to partners and members the 2015 Campaign was a great success with more than 100 actions around the world and over 2 million people mobilized online!  

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How does abortion stigma work?

Abortion-related stigma is one of the primary factors that places safe, legal and accessible abortion care and services out of reach for individuals worldwide,[1] particularly in the Global South and particularly for young, poor, and unmarried women. Moreover, while socio-cultural factors entail that abortion stigma may take different forms in different places, abortion stigma is a global issue, demonstrated by the rise and continuance of legal and policy restrictions in places as diverse as the United States, Spain, Lithuania, Nigeria, and El Salvador, among others.

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The negative impact of myths surrounding abortion on individuals’ sexual and reproductive rights.

One of the ways in which abortion-related stigma plays an ongoing role in the social, medical, and legal marginalization of abortion care worldwide, is through the propagation of myths and misinformation surrounding abortion.

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MYTH: “Abortion is dangerous.”

The reality is that surgical abortions done by trained providers in hygienic settings, and early medical abortions, are extremely safe procedures. In the United States, for example, where abortion is legal on broad grounds, less than 1% of all patients experience a major complication, and the risk of death associated with abortion is 10 times lower than that associated with childbirth.

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MYTH: “Most service providers object to abortion.”

It is a common myth that most service providers globally object to performing abortions, regardless of the abortion legislation in the country. Clearly, there is a high number of service providers who do not perform abortions in countries where it is illegal. Nevertheless, several studies show that a vast majority of obstetrician-gynecologists (ob-gyns) and other healthcare providers globally support abortion at least in some circumstances. National, regional and international ob-gyn societies are often active in advocating for policy change for safe and legal abortion, disseminating information, creating awareness and encouraging ob-gyns to support individuals’ access to safe, high-quality services.

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MYTH: “If abortion becomes illegal, it will end.”

Numbers of evidence-based studies have shown that criminalizing and/or restricting access to abortion does not reduce the number of abortions—rather, it forces individuals to seek out clandestine and unsafe abortions worldwide, jeopardizing their health and their lives.

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MYTH: “Abortion is Immoral.”

Access to safe and legal abortion is a HUMAN RIGHT and a MORAL GOOD. Individuals’ right to safe, legal, and accessible abortion services is predicated on numerous human rights recognized and protected under international law.

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MYTH: “Only women need access to safe abortion services.”

September 28, Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion #BustTheMyths Fight #AbortionStigma & Discrimination! Download the Fact sheet HERE!  MYTH: Only women need access to safe abortion services. People who may need access to safe abortion services are not only cis-women.[1] Trans-men, gender queer and gender-non-conforming persons, as well as others […]

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Abortion Rights in Turkey exist in theory, but in practice?

In Turkey, abortion was legalized in 1983. It is legal until the 10th week after conception. This increases to 20 weeks if there is a concern about the mental or physical health of the woman, or the pregnancy is a result of rape. So far so good, right? 32 years after its legalization, however, one of my friends in Istanbul told me that her legal abortion request was refused by all four state-hospitals that she went to.

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Observe the New Penal Code – Letter to the President of Dominican Republic

Your solidarity needed urgently! The new Penal Code in Dominican Republic was approved which results in criminalisation of abortion in all circumstances. Join the twitter campaign today and send your letter to the President Danilo Medica @PresidenciaRD using #ObserveCP and CCing @HenryMolina @Ratehol @DaniloMedina

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