Although abortion is technically legal in Zambia, the reality is far more complicated. This study describes the process and results of galvanizing access to medical abortion where abortion has been legal for many years, but provision severely limited. It highlights the challenges and successes of scaling up abortion care using implementation science to document 2 years of implementation.
In Zambia safe abortions are inaccessible for many women, in spite of the country’s 1972 Abortion Act, which is seen by many as one of the most liberal in the world.
Ernestina Coast, Susan F Murray Social Science & Medicine 2016;153 (March):201–209 (open access) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953616300806 “Access to comprehensive reproductive health services, including safe abortion services within the law, is recognized as a basic human right, protected by a range of international human rights treaties and laws.” First Lady of Zambia, Dr. Christine Kaseba, 2013, Ipas documentary. http://www.ipas.org/en/News/2013/December/At-film-launch–Zambian-first-lady-calls-for-improved-access-to-safe–legal-abortion.aspx Abstract Zambia has among the most liberal abortion laws in sub-Saharan Africa; however, this alone does not guarantee access … Continued