Here is a summary of what the Campaign coordination team did in 2018.   An International Forum: Developing an Advocacy Agenda for Abortion in the 21st Century and Making Change Happen, 5-6-7 September 2018, Lisbon, Portugal   The forum brought together some 98 people from 54 countries, including abortion rights advocates, health policymakers, health professionals, human rights and legal experts, youth activists, researchers, members of civil society organisations and academics to talk about three main … Continued

EL SALVADOR- Imelda Cortez freed after 18 months in prison and repeated delays in hearing her case

Imelda Cortez had been detained without trial in San Miguel prison since April 2017. As we reported on 20 November, Imelda gave birth in the latrine of her home that month. She said she had not known she was pregnant. Bleeding heavily, she was taken to the National Hospital of Jiquilisco, where she was arrested and accused of miscarriage. A day later, the Prosecutor’s Office changed the offence to “aggravated homicide”, which can receive a sentence of … Continued

EASTERN EUROPE / CENTRAL ASIA – Regional Conference on Bringing the WHO Recommendations on Safe Abortion and Family Planning Closer to Women in Countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia

There were 65 participants. The meeting was in Russian with simultaneous translation in English. Participants included health professionals, health policymakers and NGO representatives from 11 counties in the region – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Russia.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA- New abortion bill tabled in South Australia: no qualifications, no upper time limits, no abortion-specific regulations at all

The South Australia Abortion Action Coalition (SAAAC), formed in 2016 to campaign for a change in the law, was at the State Parliament on 5 December to hear Tammy Franks of the Greens introduce a bill to decriminalise abortion along with other campaigners for law reform, whose ages spanned from their 20s to their 80s. Anne Levy, one of the MPs who was a member of parliament when South Australia last reformed its law in … Continued


This 98-page article presents the state of knowledge on the issues surrounding abortion, difficulties measuring the number of abortions, and solutions for dealing with it. It provides an update on the legislation in force, the most recent data on the frequency of abortion and abortion methods, as well as the consequences of abortion for women’s health and lives.

NEPAL – Safe abortion service launched in local village

Uma (not her name) residing in Bajura district underwent two unsafe abortions and had to visit Bayalpata Hospital in Aacham district for treatment. This time around, however, she had an abortion at the local Devalsen Health Centre, because a safe abortion service has been launched there, in the village. Like Uma, the majority of women hesitated to seek safe abortion care at the district Bayalpata Hospital, which involved a two-day journey, even though they were … Continued

CANADA – Ottawa to encourage more countries to offer contraception and abortion, International Development Minister says

Canada will continue to encourage other countries to offer more family planning services, Marie-Claude Bibeau, the International Development Minister said on 11 November. She said that reproductive and sexual education and access to contraception, and eventually abortion, are important steps in eliminating poverty, especially among women: “What we want is for each child and each pregnancy to be wanted, and for mothers to have the means, that they be ready to receive that child. To … Continued

BURUNDI – SOS Femmes en Détresse (SOS FED)

The network SOS Femmes en Détresse (SOS FED) organised interactive, educational workshops with women and young women on the risks of unsafe and clandestine abortions, the prevention of HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and unwanted pregnancy, whose aim is the reduction of maternal morbidity and mortality.  SOURCE: SOS Femmes en Détresse website 

POST-ABORTION CARE – Health Systems’ Capacity to Provide Post-Abortion Care: A Multi-Country Analysis Using Signal Functions

There are critical gaps in the provision of post-abortion care at all facilities that offer delivery services. In seven (70%) of ten countries, less than 10% of primary-level facilities could provide basic post-abortion care, and in eight (80%) of ten countries less than 40% of referral-level facilities could provide comprehensive post-abortion care. In no country could all referral facilities provide all the essential services that need to be included in basic post-abortion care.

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