WHO: new “Safe Abortion: Technical & Policy Guidance”

Congratulations to our esteemed colleagues of the World Health Organization’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research, who have just published an eagerly-awaited second edition of their

Safe Abortion: Technical and Policy Guidance for Health Systems

This updated guide provides policy-makers, program managers and health-service providers with the latest evidence-based guidance on clinical care. It also includes information on how to establish and strengthen services, and outlines a human-rights-based approach to laws and policies on safe, comprehensive abortion care. This second edition of Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems reflects changes in methods of abortion and related care, service delivery as it applies to the availability and use of new methods, and information on human rights and how they relate to policy-making and legislation related to abortion. It also includes the latest data on the scale of the problem of unsafe abortion.

Chapter 4  “Legal and policy considerations,” on pages 86-103, usefully provides information about:

  •    Women’s health and human rights
  •    Laws and their implementation within the context of human rights, and
  •    Creating an enabling environment to ensure that every woman who is legally eligible has ready access to safe abortion care

The entire document (132 pages) can be downloaded here.

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