The International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion is a network of international, regional and national organizations, groups and individuals in over 100 countries who support safe abortion as a woman’s right on both public health and human rights grounds.
There are many organizations working worldwide for women’s right to safe abortion and to improve women’s access to safe abortion services – through advocacy, law and policy reform, capacity building, service delivery, training, information sharing and networking. Almost everyone we talked to about starting this Campaign felt there was a growing need to link together and combine our efforts towards ensuring the right to safe abortion in all our countries. We agreed that we needed an international movement to challenge the growing threat posed by conservative political and religious forces who are seeking to turn the clock back, block efforts to improve abortion laws and provide services, and exclude abortion from maternal mortality reduction and family planning initiatives.
The Campaign was launched in May 2012. It aspires to become such a movement, and to become larger than the sum of its parts by serving as an umbrella and uniting us across borders and constituencies. The primary focus of the Campaign is to build capacity to advocate for the right to safe abortion at national level, because change can only happen on the ground in countries. We also agreed to motivate and support regional networking, organised by affiliated regional networks and national advocates, to plan and coordinate joint activities, to collaborate in existing initiatives and to create new initiatives. Lastly, we agreed to act together to promote the legitimacy of women’s right to safe abortion in international forums addressing women’s sexual and reproductive health and human rights, and initiatives for safe motherhood and family planning.