The factors contributing to the global burden of mortality and morbidity from unsafe abortions are complex and intertwined: operating from the individual to the global level. Consequently, tackling the issue of unsafe abortions requires a multi-faceted approach and the combined co-operation of governments and organisations throughout the world. Striving towards such a feat, the United […]Read more "“The best way to predict the future is to create it”"
The impacts of unsafe abortion can infiltrate the lives of women from almost all sectors of the population – encompassing various age, marital status, socioeconomic position, religion, ethnicity and nationality. In order to target the issue efficiently and effectively however, there is a need to focus on adolescent girls: a more vulnerable and inadequately resourced […]Read more "Adolescents, we hear you: our target"
‘As far as Planned Parenthood is concerned, I’m pro-life. I’m totally against abortion, having to do with Planned Parenthood… I would defund it because of the abortion factor’ — During the 2016 CNN-Telemundo Republican debate in February 2016. “There has to be some form of punishment.” — On women who would undergo an illegal abortion, […]Read more "The resourceful, hesitant world"
“And [having an abortion] in Senegal where sex, especially outside of marriage, is an enormous taboo, and where abortion is strictly illegal.” Aminata’s story begins to enlighten us on the issues of social stigma, restrictive abortion laws and poor availability of services which operate on the community level to inhibit a woman’s ability to seek […]Read more "The stigma-fuelled, legally restricted community"
“[The abortion] was a huge family drama though. My mother was incredibly angry with me… I had already borrowed the 130,000 francs ($252) necessary to go back to the same clinic, when a friend suggested another option. She knew a guy that only cost 35,000 francs ($66).” The story of Aminata’s desperate plight for a […]Read more "The disadvantaged, discriminated, disempowered individual"
This blog explores the global burden of unsafe abortion. The cost is largely borne by those who are most vulnerable and least able to access safe services. Unsafe abortion is therefore a story of desperation, of fear, of horrific circumstances and of lifelong consequences.Read more "Unsafe abortion: a global health crisis"