15 Resources for Activism for Safe and Legal Abortion

Women and girls worldwide are entitled to bodily autonomy and freedom, without discrimination. Yet we continue to see the human right to safe and legal abortion imperiled by anti-rights actors from country to country, and repeatedly attacked at the international level.

In Poland, activists today face the imminent possibility of a near-total ban on abortion. In El Salvador, conservative actors are now aim to increase the penalty for abortion to 30-50 years. In Northern Ireland, women who miscarry may be threatened with criminalization. In a five year span up until January 2016, over 280 restrictions on abortion were enacted in the United States. And at the Human Rights Committee and other UN spaces, regressive coalitions are pushing to co-opt the right to life to further anti-abortion politics.

Today, 28 September, marks the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. This day marks the struggle of activists worldwide for the human right to safe and legal abortion.

Today, we come together to declare that our bodies, health, and choices are our own, and cannot be held back by oppressive fundamentalisms and discourses that seek to lay claim to us.

Join the Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) in celebrating September 28th, standing in solidarity with activists fighting for our human right to bodily autonomy and freedom for all women across the world.

Selection of Resources 

This September 28, OURs highlights a selection of resources for activists working to further safe and legal abortion and on rights related to gender and sexuality worldwide.

Please share these with your networks, and let us know of your key resources! Tweet in solidarity using the hashtags #StepIntoOurShoes and #RightsAreUniversal.

  1. Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights: September 28th Report (2013)
  2. Sexual Rights Initiative: The Decriminalization of Abortion: A Human Rights Imperative
  3. Center for Reproductive Rights: Whose Right to Life? Women’s Rights and Prenatal Protections under Human Rights Law and Comparative Law
  4. AWID: Mass Prosecution for Abortion: Violation of the Reproductive Rights of Women in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
  5. Ipas: Protecting Women’s Access to Safe Abortion Care – A Guide to Understanding the Human Rights to Privacy and Confidentiality
  6. Ipas: Advancing the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescent Girls and Young Women: A Focus on Safe Abortion in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  7. Ipas: A Practical Guide to Partnering with Police to Improve Abortion Access
  8. ARROW: A Call for Action towards Context-Specific Rights-Based Continuum of Quality Care
  9. Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir: Aborto: Aspectos sociales, eticos y religiosos
  10. International Campaign for Women’s Rights to Safe Abortion: How to Talk About Abortion: A Guide to Rights-Based Messaging
  11. International Campaign for Women’s Rights to Safe Abortion: Supporting Independent Use of Abortion Medicines: Fighting Stigma One Email at a Time
  12. Post-2015 Women’s Coalition: Influences of Religious Fundamentalisms on Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights of Women
  13. Planned Parenthood: The Medical and Social Benefits Of Abortion Access
  14. Center for Reproductive Rights: Treaty Monitoring Bodies on Reproductive Rights
  15. ARROW: Young and Vulnerable – The Reality of Unsafe Abortion among Adolescent and Young Women 

Events & Actions

Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, SRI

The Sexual Rights Initiative will host a panel on the Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council 33 panel to highlight the importance of the right to abortion and promote global policy changes.

Find more information on the event

Conversation on bodily freedoms and integrity , CAL

The Coalition of African Lesbians is hosting a week-long conversation on bodily freedoms and integrity with respect to abortion.

Find out more about their week and their designated discussion topics

Online discussion, ARROW

ARROW will be facilitating an online discussion today, examining how and why the systemic denial of sexual and reproductive health services, including access to safe and legal abortion, is a form of institutional violence.

Find out more

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