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IPPF: How to Educate about Abortion: A Guide for Peer Educators, Teachers and Trainers.

This guide aims to fulfil an unmet need for practical support for delivering workshops on abortion, including recommended activities, and support for advocating for the inclusion of abortion in sexuality education programmes. More information and links in English, French and Spanish.

WHO: Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception. 

WHO’s 2015 guideline Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception highlights that moving beyond obstetrician-gynecologists and enabling a wider range of health workers in safe abortion care promotes a rational use of the available health workforce and facilitates equitable and timely access to care. This is essential in settings where shortages of skilled workers are the most acute, but is also relevant in high-income countries to address subnational imbalances and to promote care that might better meet women’s needs. The guideline emphasises that abortion and post-abortion care in the first trimester has the greatest potential for expansion of health worker roles. Click here for the guidebook.

University of California San Francisco, online course: Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications

This course, geared toward clinicians, health care workers, and students, aims to contextualize abortion care within a public health framework from both clinical and social perspectives. This innovative course is the first ever online course about abortion. It runs for six weeks and frames the issue of abortion in a public health context. Over 6,500 students from 155 countries and various institutions and disciplines took the course in its inaugural year, 2014. Click here for more information.


Lund University online course: Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

Students from any background are welcome and anyone with an interest in SRHR, including health care professionals, students in related academic fields, policy makers and other stakeholders working with SRHR issues. No knowledge of medical terminology is needed. This course covers the following topics: Global Policies in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights,Youth Sexuality and Health, Sexual Identity, Violence, Coercion and Human Rights in the context of Sexual and Reproductive Health, Maternal Health, Contraception, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS. Find out more here!

Educational materials for young people on abortion by Education For Choice

 From: Lisa Hallgarten, Chair, Voice for Choice, UK and former Education for Choice director

Although the legal and policy frameworks that are referenced in these materials are UK and may not be relevant, the facts about abortion and what abortion education should look like may be helpful. The report into abortion education in England may provide some useful ways of thinking about what abortion education should be and the problems caused by misinformation and stigmatising presentations of abortion. The best practice guide shows how to put together a positive, non-stigmatising, evidence-based abortion education package.

What young people should expect from abortion education

Basic facts about abortion with an accompanying worksheet providing sources for all information

A report of an investigation into abortion education in schools in England

A best practice toolkit for professionals on how to deliver good quality education about pregnancy decision-making and abortion

Midwifery Competency No. 7: Competency in Abortion Related Care

COMPETENCY #7: Midwives provide a range of individualised, culturally sensitive abortion-related care services for women requiring or experiencing pregnancy termination or loss that are congruent with applicable laws and regulations and in accord with national protocols.

The midwife has the skill and/or ability to…

  • prescribe, dispense, furnish or administer drugs (however authorized to do so in the jurisdiction of practice) in dosages appropriate to induce medication abortion
  • perform manual vacuum aspiration of the uterus up to 12 completed weeks of pregnancy. 

Read the entire list of Midwifery competencies here.

Moving abortion out of the margins in midwifery and nursing

Abortion care is not yet a fully integrated or accepted part of midwifery and nursing, however, and it is not unusual to find that publications on the role of both midwives and nurses when talking about protecting and promoting women’s health care may not mention abortion at all. On the other hand, those who advocate for safe abortion are advocating more and more for midwives and nurses to become the primary providers of safe abortion, and are finding in a growing number of countries that many primary care health professionals are very keen to do so. So the next step is to ensure that the training is available for them and to do that, national policy on abortion must permit it. Read more here