All Mexican Women Have the Right to Have an Abortion

Decriminalization of Abortion

Abortion is generally restricted in Mexico. This means that, although there is some legal protection, legislation differs between states, making it difficult for many women to receive safe abortion. Laws base eligibility for and legality of abortion based on the circumstances of the pregnancy. This variation in legislation between states has created a discriminatory, stigma-ridden,…

My Medical Abortion Story

Abortion Testimonies

When I knew I was pregnant, I also knew I was going to have an abortion. So I booked an appointment at the closest clinic and had to wait until the following week, because there was no space. The date finally arrived, and I had to take two buses and the subway during rush hours…

Abortion in Chile

Legal abortion in Chile

On January 31st, 2016, it will be one year since the president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, introduced a bill into Congress to allow abortion in instances when the mother’s life is at risk, fetal non-viability due to hereditary or genetic malformation, or when the pregnancy is the result of rape. After almost twelve months, the…

Safe Abortion is a Human Right!

Reproductive Rights

Today, December 10th, is Human Rights Day. It commemorates the day on which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The first article of this important document stated that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”[1], but almost 70 years later,…

Roe: More Abortion Myths, Dispelled

Abortion

Due to the continuing public discourse around abortion and Repeal the Eighth (which is ever welcome, if exhausting in that “Are we still debating this?” kind of way), I decided to take another look at common myths surrounding abortion, and debunk them so that you have information knives with which to cut down anti-choice nonsense. Embryos and…

In the driving seat

safe2choose safe abortion

Today, September 28th, marks the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. This day has been celebrated since 1990, but we are still far from awareness around this issue. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), on average, 211 million women become pregnant every year, and 87 million of them had…

Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Morocco walk back conservative abortion laws, will save thousands of women

Choose a safe abortion

KENYA is making what looks to be moves towards easing its abortion laws, allowing abortions to take place under certain conditions. Local media reports recently stated that the country’s Health Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia, announced that the Government planned to reintroduce guidelines that would allow women to procure abortion from qualified medical personnel under certain conditions. Currently the…

safe2choose celebrates its first month

safe2choose safe abortion

Women’s reproductive rights matter! And it should be an every day event. On August 3rd, safe2choose — a social enterprise committed to facilitating and scaling up access to safe medical abortion worldwide, via the internet – went live to bring women around the world a safe option. safe2choose offers confidential access to abortion pill through…

5 Problems with ‘Keep Abortion Rare’

Legal Abortion

“Keep Abortion Rare” is a pretty common phrase in the political and cultural conversation around abortion. And it isn’t just coming from anti-choice folks – more often, it’s actually coming from the pro-choice side. Declared proudly by former President Clinton and repeated by “pro-choice” politicians over the last decade, the phrase often accompanies a plea…

The global cost of unsafe abortion

Safe and legal abortion in Chile

Seven million women a year in the developing world are treated in healthcare facilities for complications following unsafe abortion, finds a study published today (19 August) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (BJOG). Every day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Unsafe abortion accounts for 8…