Safe Abortion

Improving access to safe abortion

Unsafe abortion continues to be a major public health problem. An estimated 25 million abortions are performed unsafely each year, resulting in the death of an estimated 47,000 women.

Plans of action for all women

Marina Padilla de Gil, Regional Advisor for FIGO's Latin America Safe Abortion Project, discusses plans for Phase II of our Abortion Project...

Removing shackles of abortion restrictions in Ireland

The landslide campaign victory in the Irish referendum paves the way for compassion and care to govern women's reproductive health...

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...

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.

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.