Safe Abortion

  • Although unsafe abortion remains a serious public health issue in many countries, access to safe abortion care is increasing in parts of the developing world where it was once available only to the most privileged.
  • These trends provide a roadmap for policymakers and health care providers to further reduce the incidence and impact of unsafe abortion by adopting clinical guidelines on comprehensive abortion care, increasing access to postabortion care, facilitating correct use of medication abortion in clandestine settings, combatting stigma, reforming restrictive abortion laws and investing in services to prevent unintended pregnancies and the often-unsafe abortions that may follow.
  • Previous gains related to sexual and reproductive health and rights—particularly those reducing the impact of unsafe abortion—are in jeopardy under the Trump administration.