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International Safe Abortion Day
Global Day of Action: 28 September 2018
“Normalising abortion: it’s part of our lives”
This year, we celebrate our successes and movements, e.g. in Chile, El Salvador, Macedonia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cyprus, Canada, UK, Mexico, Ireland, Jamaica, Argentina, Poland, Isle of Man, Côte d’Ivoire, Brazil, Indonesia, South Korea, Australia, Dominican Republic, and Bolivia. At the same time, we stand in solidarity with those who have experienced setbacks, e.g. in Argentina, Morocco, Algeria, USA, Belgium, India, and Kenya, to find renewed energy for moving forward.
This year, we call on abortion rights advocates to celebrate local, national and international heroes who have supported women’s right to safe abortion. We call for the creation of a critical mass of support among women for abortion rights as a priority activity.
This year, we invite women to:
- share their experiences of abortion,
- talk about why they or others they know have had abortions, and
- explain the difference it has made to their lives.
This year we invite all women to stand with those who have had abortions to say that:
- while most women who have abortions are mothers, and most others go on to have children later,
- we all have the right to decide whether and when to have children, or not to have children at all.
This year, we call on our governments, parliamentarians and judges to reject anti-abortion bills and rescind anti-abortion laws and policies – because they kill women. They kill women!
Lastly, we call on our governments, parliamentarians and judges to acknowledge women as full citizens with human rights, whose life choices command respect and support. We say: “Decriminalize abortion, because all women have a right to life and health.”