Abortion

IPPF works to ensure that every woman and girl has the human right to choose to be pregnant or not and we will continue to supply and support safe and legal abortion services and care. We are committed to reducing the number of deaths of women and girls who are forced to turn to unsafe abortion methods. Make Abortion Safe. Make Abortion Legal. For all Women and Girls. Everywhere.

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, medical abortion has an increasingly important role to play in ensuring access to safe abortion care for those who choose not to continue their pregnancy.
Access to abortion care in many countries is already severely restricted, but with the recent global pandemic, access to safe abortion care is about to get even more difficult. Safe Abortion Action Fund's Laura Hurley, explores the potential impact on women and girls seeking safe abortion care.
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In 2017, the US administration implemented the Global Gag Rule, a policy that denied funding to organizations that provided abortion care. This meant that UMATI, our Member Association in Tanzania, was forced to close 5 clinics – but emergency funding has allowed quality services to continue.
Launched in late 2018, IPPF’s Medical Abortion Commodities Database is filling a knowledge gap and helping those working on safe abortion identify quality products to use in healthcare programmes and to inform policy.
IPPF urges all Member States to make meaningful, measurable national commitments in Nairobi to increase access to safe and legal abortion, in accordance with their legal obligations under international human rights law.
The broadcaster says it will stop using the term “heartbeat bill” to describe attempts in the US to introduce six-week abortion bans, after conceding the phrase is biased. IPPF hopes this will prompt BBC News, who have not ruled out using the phrase, to reconsider its position.
We hope these significant findings encourage the US administration to reconsider the Mexico City Policy. It is clear that this policy needs to be reversed to expand access to essential health care for women and girls globally.
The BBC has said it won’t stop labelling attempts to ban abortion after six weeks as “heartbeat bills” – despite conceding the phrase is biased and medically inaccurate. The right thing to do is to stop using it. We call on the BBC to think again.
IPPF welcome the historic decision made by the South Korean Constitutional Court on 11 April overturning a decades-long ban on access to abortion.
Fatima is a midwife and has worked for the Palestinian Family Planning and Protection Agency for 18 years. Her work has not only positively impacted her community but also her personal life.