Addressing abortion stigma

As a global sexual and reproductive health and rights organization, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) works towards a world in which stigma and discrimination have no place. For many years now, IPPF, together with partner organizations, has implemented programmes to specifically address HIV stigma, such as the Criminalising Hate, Not HIV campaign, the People Living with HIV Stigma Index, the Positive? interactive learning toolkit and investigating the role of the media in combatting HIV stigma.

In the past five years there has been increased global attention on abortion stigma. IPPF has thus expanded its work to address the impact that negative beliefs and attitudes about abortion has on access to, and scale-up of, safe abortion services. Abortion stigma manifests at many levels, from individuals and service providers to communities, institutions, laws and policies, and wider public discourse including the media.