Addressing barriers to safe abortion

  title={Addressing barriers to safe abortion},
  author={Kelly Culwell and Manuelle Hurwitz},
  journal={International Journal of Gynecology \& Obstetrics},

Unsafe abortion: a cruel way of birth control.

Concerted and dedicated efforts of government in collaboration with the private sector, community members and non-governmental organizations are needed to ensure that women have a better access to contraceptives, abortion services, and post-abortion care that are safe, affordable, and free from stigma.

Increasing access to abortion : perspectives on provider availability from different settings

Background: Unsafe abortion is estimated to cause around 23000 maternal deaths yearly, most of those deaths are preventable by proper use of contraception and access to safe abortion. Barriers to

A Non-Systematic Bibliographical Review: Barriers and Facilitators for Access to Legal Abortion in Low and Middle Income Countries

There is a complex interplay between women’s preferences, abortion services availability and the context in which these are provided, forcing women to seek the service elsewhere and bringing serious consequences to the health and wellbeing of many women and their families.

"These things are dangerous": Understanding induced abortion trajectories in urban Zambia.

World Health Organization Advocates for Expansion in the Role of Health Workforce to Prevent Unsafe Abortions

It has been emphasized that it is high time to move beyond specialists and enable the involvement of a wide range of health workers in safe abortion care so that the ultimate goal of providing equitable and timely health care to all sections of community can be achieved.

Legal Determinants of Health: Regulating Abortion Care

It is emphasized that abortion regulations need to move beyond frameworks based on narrow understandings of harm towards more progressive agendas that take into account the social determinants of health in order to reduce barriers to care.

Providing quality abortion care: Findings from a study of six states in India.

“You must first save her life”: community perceptions towards induced abortion and post-abortion care in North and South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Results from focus group discussions that explored community members’ attitudes towards women who induce abortion and their care-seeking behaviour in programme areas indicate that there could be an opening to destigmatise abortion access in this context.

The legal and non-legal barriers to abortion access in Australia: a review of the evidence

  • Caroline de Moel-MandelJ. Shelley
  • Political Science, Medicine
    The European journal of contraception & reproductive health care : the official journal of the European Society of Contraception
  • 2017
Although this review can form a base for the national improvement of abortion access, the gap found in Australian research demonstrates a need for additional studies.



Unsafe abortion: Global and regional estimates of the incidence of unsafe abortion and associated mortality in 2008. Sixth edition.

This sixth edition of the WHO Global and regional estimates of unsafe abortion and associated mortality is intended for policy-makers and programme managers health workers and nongovernmental

Unsafe abortion and abortion care in Khartoum, Sudan

Reductions in abortion-related mortality following policy reform: evidence from Romania, South Africa and Bangladesh

In all three countries, abortion policy liberalization was followed by implementation of safe abortion services and other reproductive health interventions, and the findings point to the importance of multi-faceted and complementary reproductive health reforms in successful implementation of abortion policy reform.

Provision of abortion by mid-level providers: international policy, practice and perspectives.

  • M. Berer
  • Medicine
    Bulletin of the World Health Organization
  • 2009
It is shown that it is safe and beneficial for suitably trained mid-level health-care providers, including nurses, midwives and other non-physician clinicians, to provide first-trimester vacuum aspiration and medical abortions.

Harm reduction, human rights, and access to information on safer abortion

  • J. Erdman
  • Political Science
    International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  • 2012

Conceptualising abortion stigma

This paper identifies social and political processes that favour the emergence, perpetuation and normalisation of abortion stigma and hypothesise that abortion transgresses three cherished ‘feminine’ ideals: perpetual fecundity, inevitability of motherhood; and instinctive nurturing.

Comparative effectiveness, safety and acceptability of medical abortion at home and in a clinic: a systematic review.

Home-based abortion is safe under the conditions in place in the included studies, and women who chose home-based medical abortion were more likely to be satisfied, to choose the method again and to recommend it to a friend than women who opted for medical abortion in a clinic.