Lack of access to safe abortion means that 45% of all abortions globally are unsafe. Unsafe abortion remains a catastrophic public health problem accounting for up to 13% of maternal mortality worldwide, with hundreds of thousands of survivors living with long-term complications, including infertility and chronic pain.

FIGO regards reproductive choice, including access to safe abortion services, as a basic and non-negotiable tool for ensuring the human rights of every woman, not just in one region or country, but globally.

See below our selection of resources to support advocacy for safe abortion as time-sensitive essential health care.