Webinar: Addressing the Supply of Abortion Services: What is the Impact of ‘Conscientious Objection’ on Women/Girls’ Rights to Access Safe Abortion Services – Should it be Better Regulated or Repealed?

Recorded: Thursday 24th June

Language: English (French and Spanish versions available) 

Description: This webinar shares FIGO’s position and key recommendations on the issue of ‘Conscientious Objection’ (CO); identifies the human rights and medical/clinical implications concerning ‘CO’; demonstrates the impact CO (given the lack of regulation and/or lack of conscientious providers) has on health workers and women and girls’ access to safe abortion services; and discusses ways forward – whether tighter regulation or repeal of ‘CO’ are desirable or acceptable options. 


Dr Jaydeep Tank, Chair of FIGO Safe Abortion Committee, India


Dr Laura Gil, Member of FIGO Safe Abortion Committee, Colombia

Melissa Upreti, Vice Chair of UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and Girls, USA 

Dr Mekdes Daba, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ethiopia

Dr Priyankur Roy, WATOG representative for Asia

Dr Félix Essiben, Obstetrician-Gynecologist at Yaounde Central Hospital and Senior lecturer, Faculty of medicine and biomedical sciences, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon