Safe Abortion

Empowering FIGO Member Societies

Prof. Guyo W. Jaldesa, FIGO ECSA Regional Coordinator, for initiative to prevent unsafe abortion writes about our recent Phase II Planning Workshop.

International group calls for better access to safe abortion

Almost half (45.1 per cent) of the 55.7 million abortions estimated to have occurred each year between 2010 and 2014 were unsafe, according to an international research group co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Guttmacher Institute, US. They also found that the global proportion...

RCOG lends support to decriminalisation of abortion

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has voted in favour of supporting the removal of criminal sanctions associated with abortion in the UK. Announcing its decision, the RCOG said its members believe the procedure should be subject to regulatory and professional standards...

Some 25% of pregnancies terminated

Each year, one in four pregnancies end in an abortion, global estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Guttmacher Institute suggest. According to the report, 56 million induced abortions take place on an annual basis, a figure much higher than previously estimated. Although rates...

Abortion should be in G8 plan, say Canadians

A poll conducted in Canada has revealed that the majority of people in the country oppose their prime minister's decision not to fund safer abortions in developing countries. Some 58 per cent of respondents in the Canadian Press-Harris Decima survey said that Stephen Harper should not exclude...

Approved Nebraska abortion law 'may not come into effect'

A groundbreaking abortion law that was recently approved in Nebraska in the US may not actually come into effect any time soon, legal experts have said. The law, which will ban abortions from taking place at and after 20 weeks, is meant to be implemented this October.

Early abortions 'could be offered by GPs in England'

Four health trusts in England have applied for licences to perform early abortions in GP surgeries, new figures have shown. Two clinics have been set up and are carrying out early abortions already, while another 11 are considering requesting licences to conduct the procedure, according to data...

Unsafe abortions 'a major cause of maternal deaths in Ghana'

Unsafe abortions are still a major cause of maternal deaths in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, it has been claimed. According to the annual reports of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ridge Hospital, Tema General Hospital and the La General Hospital, haemorrhage and hypertension are also common...

Unsafe abortions 'causing maternal deaths in Africa'

More than half of all maternal deaths in Africa can be attributed to unsafe abortions, it has been claimed.

Legalised abortion 'reduces maternal mortality in Nepal'

Nepal has made significant reductions to its maternal mortality rate by legalising abortion, it has been reported.