Updated WHO Guidance on Safe Abortion: Health and Human Rights

Many thanks to Joanna Erdman, Teresa DePiñeres and Eszter Kismodi for their useful article, recently published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, about the new guidance from the World Health Organization.   The full text of the article is now online here.    


Abstract:     Since its first publication in 2003, the World Health Organization’s “Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems” has had an influence on abortion policy, law, and practice worldwide. To reflect significant developments in the clinical, service delivery, and human rights aspects of abortion care, the Guidance was updated in 2012. This article reviews select recommendations of the updated Guidance, highlighting 3 key themes that run throughout its chapters: evidence-based practice and assessment, human rights standards, and a pragmatic orientation to safe and accessible abortion care. These themes not only connect the chapters into a coherent whole. They reflect the research and advocacy efforts of a growing field in women’s health and human rights.

To download entire article from SSRN, click here, then “Download

The WHO Guidance document is online here in English and Spanish.

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