I Decide: Young women's journeys to seek abortion care

I decide: young women’s journeys to seek abortion care

normalises the experiences of young women who become pregnant
informs about pregnancy risk-taking, contraception and abortion
encourages young women to seek support from parents when they can
provides a partner’s and parent’s perspective on unintended pregnancy
compares different contraceptive methods and different abortion methods

Nearly everyone knows someone who has faced an unplanned pregnancy but due to stigma and secrecy, particularly for young people, the issue is not discussed openly and young women and girls aren’t given the opportunity to think about these situations before they happen.

Ensuring access to safe abortion for young women is about upholding their rights to life, health, autonomy and their right to benefit from scientific progress. Unsafe abortion is a major public health and human rights problem that disproportionately affects young women and girls.

This collection of stories based on real life experiences of young women around the world follow the young women’s decision-making about whether to continue or end an unintended pregnancy. The stories are told through diary entries and accompanied by diary entries from the boyfriends and mothers of some of the young women.

Includes:

  • a chart comparing the advantages and disadvantages of surgical and medical abortion methods
  • useful to know
  • a chart comparing common contraceptive methods
  • information about how young women may feel after abortion
  • useful websites about abortion, accessing an abortion if it isn’t legally available, and different abortion laws.

A chart comparing the advantages and disadvantages of surgical and medical abortion methods p.19