International Safe Abortion Day: 28 September 2016 Coverage by the Press and Media

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International Safe Abortion Day: 28 September 2016

Coverage by the Press and Media


12 October 2016

Coverage by the Press and Media

by Patricia Nilsson

This year’s International Safe Abortion Day was bigger than ever. The turnout of groups that took action, created and shared a huge range of information and resources, and organised events to mark the day was incredible – and attention and interest from journalists and media organisations was also unprecedented.

We have been sent and gathered media reports covering the day in Spanish, French and English, which are listed below. But we will have missed a lot of press/media reports in many languages from around the world. Have you read or written an article that is not in the list? Please send it to me at!

Overall, the coverage we found was focused on the Open Letter asking the UN to make International Safe Abortion Day an official UN day and also on the joint statement by four UN human rights experts – Alda Facio, Dainius Pūras, Juan E Méndez and Dubravka Šimonović – calling on States across the world “to repeal restrictive abortion laws and policies, and all punitive measures and discriminatory barriers to access safe reproductive health services”, and the statement by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa, Justice Lucy Asuagbor as well.

These statements, recognising the importance of the work being done by all of us to decriminalise abortion, free women and providers from prison, and calling for universal access to safe abortion, seems to have played an important role in motivating mainstream media outlets to write about our campaigns. In addition, many advocates and activist groups published blogs and articles about the significance of the day and for their work, and many others shared personal stories about abortion through videos and on the web as part of #StepIntoOurShoes.

The media and the world are noticing our hard work – let’s keep going!

Here is the list of publications we’ve got so far:


UN News Centre – Repealing anti-abortion laws would save the lives of nearly 50,000 women a year – UN Experts

International Business Times – Nearly 50,000 women die each year as a result from an unsafe abortion

Rewire – Abortion in developing regions: what progress since 1990?

Pathfinder International – Changing the conversation around abortion


African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights – Statement by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa […]

Jeune Afrique – Le droit à l’avortement reste un enjeu majeur de santé en Afrique


Iwacu English News – Backstreet abortion, a reality in Burundi


Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights – Make Global Day of Action for Access to Safe Abortion, September 28, an international UN day – Egyptian law must be amended to guarantee women’s right to access safe abortion […]


Business Ghana – Make safe abortion services available in public health facilities

News Ghana – International safe abortion day scheduled for September 28

Ghana News Agency – Make safe abortion services available in public health facilities, government urged

Ghana Web – Don’t stigmatise women who opt for safe abortion ­ NGO

Ghana Web – Make safe abortion accessible – CEO of Global Media Foundation

South Africa

Cape Times – 22 million unsafe abortions worldwide

Daily Maverick – South Africa and women’s healthcare rights: one step forward, two steps back?



Kathmandu Post – ‘Legalisation is not enough to make abortion safe’


Feminism in India – Artwork: Erasure And Silencing In The Abortion Rights Discourse

New Kerala – Repealing anti-abortion laws would save the lives of nearly 50,000 women a year – UN experts

Youth Ki Awaaz – Can you put yourself in the shoes of someone who has had an abortion?


Bangkok Post – Hypocrisy holds back us of abortion pills


EurActiv – Women must have jurisdiction over their own bodies


L’Obs – En RDC, les filles avortent toutes seules. Médecin, je veux faire changer les mentalités

Pourquoi Docteurs – IVG : le combat de Médecins du Monde dans les pays prohibitifs

RFI -Les femmes haïtiennes: le droit à la santé

RFI – Journée mondiale de l’avortement


Newstalk – Thousands expected for March for Choice in Dublin city centre

Irish Central – Over 20,000 march in Dublin in mass pro-choice rally

Norway – International day for safe abortions


Nowicka-Wanda blog – ONZ wzywa do liberalizacji aborcji


Aftonbladet – Rätten till abort måste försvaras

*North America*


Metro Views – It’s time to get behind International Safe Abortion Day


News Deeply – The U.N.’s working group on discrimination against women, explained

Bustle – On International Safe Abortion Day, criminalisation of the medical procedure remains a reality – even in America

The Huffington Post – Today marks the 16th anniversary of the abortion pill and International Safe Abortion Day

The Frisky – The UN reveals a shocking new statistic about abortion around the world

Women’s Health Policy Report – Op-ed commemorates International Safe Abortion Day by spotlighting study showing disparities in abortion rates

*Latin America*

Rfi – El aborto inseguro sigue matando en América Latina y el Caribe

Telesur – Women Demand Safe Access to Abortions Around the Globe


Consejo Trabajo Social – 28 de Septiembre: día de lucha por la despenalización y legalización del derecho al aborto

Imnequen – Así quedó la Catedral tras la marcha a favor de la despenalización del aborto


La Razon – Derecho a decidir


Correo del Orinoco – En Colombia “se debe despenalizar por completo el aborto porque es un servicio de salud”

Costa Rica

Voces Nuestras – Día por la Despenalización del aborto en América Latina y el Caribe


El Manana De Valles – Exigen despenalizar el aborto en Mexico: Manifestacion

La Jornada – Feministas piden a autoridades respetar el derecho al aborto


Flora Tristan – Campaña 28 de Septiembre, Día por la despenalización del aborto en América Latina y El Caribe


MinMujer – 28 de septiembre Día por la despenalización del aborto en América Latina y el Caribe

Aporrea – Mueren cada año 47 mil mujeres por abortos inseguros

Ultimas Noticias – Cientos de feministas demandan despenalizar aborto en El Salvador


LaRed21 – Día Internacional de Lucha por la Despenalización del Aborto en América Latina y el Caribe