Webinar: Surgical Abortion and Overcoming Barriers for Safe Abortion

Recorded: Friday 27th August, 2021 

Language: English (simultaneous interpretation into French and Spanish)

In this webinar, the panel of experts discuss barriers to safe abortion, with a focus upon surgical abortion. Speakers provide updates on technology in Manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) and Dilation and Evacuation (D and E). The panel also discuss topics across abortion in humanitarian settings, how to improve access to abortion beyond 12 weeks of pregnancy, provision of abortion to the full extent of the law, addressing barriers to safe abortion and finally the decriminalisation of abortion.


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


Dr Faysal El Kak, FIGO Vice President, Lebanon

Dr Jeanne Conry, FIGO President Elect, USA  

Dr Nafissa Osman, FIGO Committee for Safe Abortion, Mozambique 

Dr Teresa Bombas, FIGO Committee for Safe Abortion, Portugal 

Dr Bill Powell, Senior Medical Advisor, Ipas

Professor Mary Ann Lumsden, FIGO Chief Executive Officer, UK  

Dr Ivonne Díaz Yamal, Chair of the FIGO Committee for Reproductive Medicine, Endocrinology and Infertility, Colombia  

Dr Rohana Haththotuwa, AOFOG Secretary General, Sri Lanka 

Vinoj Manning, CEO of Ipas Development Foundation, India