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Listening to Women: Impact of COVID-19 on Abortion Services in India

Report of a multi-centric qualitative study in eight states conducted after the first phase lockdown in 2020 This research stemmed from the anecdotal experiences reported by CommonHealth members related to women’s struggle to meet their abortion service needs during the pandemic. In a world trying to cope with a pandemic with unprecedented speed of spread, […]

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Statement for International Safe Abortion Day 28 September 2021 :  To the United Nations and all national governments

For this year’s International Safe Abortion Day, we call upon all countries to:remove all laws and policies restricting the right to safe abortion on request; facilitate access to safe abortion and post-abortion care for everyone who needs them; ensure that post-abortion care is available on an emergency basis at community level, provided by midwives trained in MVA and/or with pills; move abortions out of hospitals except for very late and complicated cases; allow outpatient medical abortion in the second trimester, with social distancing in the clinic and without requiring operating theatre conditions; approve medical abortion pills (mifepristone and misoprostol) on national Essential Medicines Lists; decriminalise abortion to the extent possible − raising or omitting the upper time limit, removing barriers and third party approval, aiming to make abortion a woman’s right to choose.We urge everyone to develop vigorous advocacy campaigns to demonstrate to governments and health professionals the safety, efficacy and acceptability of de-medicalised approaches to safe abortion as part of universal health coverage.

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PHM Gender Justice & Health Thematic Group statement on #Sept28: Right to Safe abortion NOW! Health for All NOW!

Right to safe abortion must be advanced and recognized universally across all the communities, regions and countries globally. Right to bodily autonomy, and integrity are non-negotiable aspects of advancing gender equality, racial equality and for creating a world free from any kind of discrimination.

We extend our wishes to the all the women and marginalized groups in Mexico for the recent victory with the decriminalization of abortion-a result of hard and long fought struggles. The recent Supreme Court ruling in Mexico revoking the anti-abortion laws, provides us with a defining moment of success in these bleak times. It inspires us to further advance the agenda of securing abortion rights within health rights, human rights frameworks.

Let us recommit ourselves to understanding that Right to safe abortion is inextricably linked to the health and lives of ALL women, girls and trans persons.

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Send your Message of Support to Persons Who Had an Abortion

This September 28 – International Safe Abortion Day, join WGNRR and partners in spreading kindness. Make people who’ve had an abortion feel that you support them. Send them love notes, artworks, words of kindness and support, messages of affirmation and appreciation.

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International Safe Abortion Day: 28 September 2021: First Call to Action

A pandemic puts the need for access to safe abortion into sharp relief, increases the risks of unsafe abortions, and reinforces the need for safe abortion to be available as essential health care. With the poorest and most marginalised women and girls worst affected, the pandemic has restricted access not only to safe abortion but also all other sexual and reproductive healthcare services, including pregnancy and delivery care. Maternal deaths have risen substantially in some places, alongside violence against women. [1] Right-wing governments are showing increasing hostility to women’s rights. Progressive sexuality education and anything related to gender are condemned without rhyme or reason.

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SAIGE: Global South Statement on Access to Safe Abortion

This is a statement by the SAIGE network commemorating the International Safe Abortion Day on September 28th. This statement has been submitted to the 45th session of the Human Rights Council. Download the full statement here.  Marginalised women face multiple oppressions and we can only truly achieve human rights by addressing how they impact one […]

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