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Project related external links on reproductive health and rights, elective abortion care and postabortion care. The tag will be applied for three months after the entry of a link on the site.

United Nations

Abortion policies. A global review
This report was prepared by the Population Division of the United Nations Secretariat. The review presents, in three volumes, a country-by-country examination of national policies concerning induced abortion and the context within which abortion takes place. June 2002

Violence against women
UNIFEM's website, one of six areas

Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing 1995
The UN Beijing declaration and platform for action

ICPD Cairo 1994
Original website with links to background information and the final Programme of Action

Abortion Policies. A global Review
The United Nations Population Division has issued this publication, an updated, country-by-country examination of national policies concerning induced abortion and the context within which abortion takes place. Comparable information is presented for all Member and non-member States of the United Nations. 02-06

The State of World Population 2008
Reaching Common Ground: Culture, Gender and Human Rights. 09

Women's Watch
Women of the World
Browse here for country- and region-specific Commissions and other entities; regional plans of action for women's advancement and empowerment; statistical data about women; biographical information and photos of key players on women's issues all over the World.

World Health Organization

the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
The Partnership is a global health partnership launched in September 2005 and joins the maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) communities into an alliance of about 280 members to ensure that all women, infants and children not only remain healthy, but thrive.09-09

Maternal mortality
Systematic review on maternal mortality and morbidity. 09-09

The World report on violence and health from WHO
The goals of the report are to raise awareness about the problem of violence globally, to make the case that violence is preventable, and to highlight the crucial role that public health has to play in addressing its causes and consequences. 02-10

Reproductive health
Index page on reproductive health

Prevention of unsafe abortion
WHO reports and links on abortion.
Safe Abortion. Technical and Policy Guidance for Health Systems. 2003.

Non-Governmental Organizations

Abortion Access Project
The Abortion Access Project seeks to ensure access to abortion for all women by increasing abortion services, training new abortion providers, and raising awareness about the critical importance of abortion access to women's lives.

The Danish NGO Network on Aids and Development

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI)
Information and statistics worldwide on abortion issues.
Fact sheets
Teenage sexual and reproductive behavior in developed countries: can more progress be made?
Despite recent, dramatic declines in U.S. teenage pregnancy and birth rates, these rates continue to be much higher than in most other comparable developed countries. A new multiyear study, conducted with researchers from Canada, Great Britain, France and Sweden, explores why these differences in teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases exist and what can be done. (AGI November 2001).
Expectations that abortion pill would dramatically improve abortion access have not been realized
While Becoming an Integral Part of Abortion Provision, Mifepristone Has Not Expanded Geographic Access
The Guttmacher Media Center News release, August 2009

Archives for Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (2002-) and Family Planning Perspectives (1994-2001)

Catholics for a free choice
If your value formation is Catholic, you are committed to asking hard questions about life and searching for basic principles of justice. CFFC's commitment to reproductive rights and health is rooted in a commitment to the dignity and rights of women.

Center for Gender Health and Equity (CHANGE)
Advancing gender equity and social justice in international population and health policy.

The Center for Reproductive Rights
Laws and Regulations Affecting Medical Abortion

Clinicians for Choice
Clinicians for Choice is a membership organization representing pro-choice certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants working to increase access to comprehensive reproductive health care.

Improving women's health worldwide.
Links on postabortion care
Changing Policies and Attitudes: Postabortion Care in the Philippines (pdf, 417 kB) Compass no 1, 2003. 03-10

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is an international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights. Its headquarters are in New York City and it has offices in Berlin, Brussels, Chicago, Geneva, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, Paris, San Francisco, Tokyo, Toronto, and Washington D.C.

International Women's Health Coalition.
Access to safe abortion is a human right
Safe abortion—the termination of a pregnancy by trained health care providers using correct, sanitary technique and proper equipment—is a simple, lifesaving health service. Nonetheless, of the 42 million induced abortions each year, an estimated 20 million are unsafe and 97% of those occur in developing countries. Every year, nearly 70,000 women die unnecessarily from the complications of unsafe abortions, and countless more suffer infections, infertility, and debilitating injuries.

Adolescents, unwanted pregnancy and abortion. Policies, counseling and clinical care.(pdf)
A notable gap exists in policymaking and programming to address the consequences of unwanted adolescent pregnancies, including abortion-related care. This document seeks to provide direction on policies, counseling and clinical care that can help prevent unwanted pregnancies and offer abortion-related care tailored to adolescents' needs. 05-11

Publications and Multimedia. 09-09

Spotlight: Abortion News Update

Ipas announces next generation of a life saving reproductive health technology 04-10.
Ipas is pleased to introduce the Ipas MVA Plus™ aspirator, an updated and innovative design of the classic manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) technology for uterine evacuation. Its varied uses include treatment of incomplete abortion and first-trimester abortion or menstrual regulation.

Abortion care..
Facts about unsafe abortion. 09-09

Experts advocate midlevel health care providers' role in improving women's access to safe abortion care .
Ipas' pressrelease about the conference Expanding Access in South Africa, December 2-6 2001. 02-02

IPPF Charter on Sexual and Reproductive rights
... advocating for the right to safe abortion services

JHPIEGO, Johns Hopkins University
Reproline, Reproductive Health Online
Information on a postabortion care initiative to reduce global levels of maternal mortality and morbidity stemming from complications of unsafe abortion and links on postabortion care

Marie Stopes International

Marie Stopes International offers safe and legal abortion services in many countries. Click on a country to find out more information. 09-09

National Abortion Federation
Publications and Research

Planned Parenthood
Information on abortion. 09-09

Population Action International (PAI)
PAI works to ensure that every person has the right and access to sexual and reproductive health.

Population Reference Bureau
World Population Data Sheet 2008. 09-09

Postabortion Care Consortium
Working together for safe, accessible and comprehensive postabortion care around the world
The Postabortion Care (PAC) Consortium works to inform the reproductive health community about health concerns related to unsafe abortion, and to promote postabortion care as an effective strategy for addressing this global problem. 09-09

PATH: a catalyst for global health
Safe birth, healthy newborns

Population Council
Reproductive Health. Reducing Unsafe Abortion Projects
See also Reducing Unsafe Abortion

Women On Waves
Women on Waves is a Dutch non-profit organization concerned with women's human rights. Its mission is to prevent unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortions throughout the world.
I need an abortion 09-09

Professional Associations

The International Confederation of Midwives
ICM – the International Confederation of Midwives – supports, represents and works to strengthen professional associations of midwives on a global basis. 09-09

International Council of Nurses
ICN's Mission: To represent nursing worldwide, advancing the profession and influencing health policy. 09-09

International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
FIGO has a vision that women of the World achieve the highest possible standards of Physical, Mental, Reproductive and Sexual Health and Wellbeing throughout their lives. 09-09

International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates (FIAPAC)

  • Obtaining the right to abortion for every woman.
  • Harmonization of legislation concerning abortion according to the basic principles of the Federation.
  • Freedom of access to all abortion methods in all countries. 09-09

    International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
    A main purpose of ISPOG is to promote the study of psychobiological and psychosocial, ethical and cross-cultural problems in the fields of obstetrics and gynaecology, women's health and reproductive health. 09-09

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