Health and life indications

In almost all countries, the law permits abortion to save the woman’s life, and in the majority of countries, abortion is allowed to preserve the physical and/or mental health of the woman (WHO Safe Abortion Guidance, 2012).  However, women can face barriers to accessing abortion on these grounds, even when lawful, when, for example, ‘health’ is narrowly interpreted to mean only physical and not mental health.

This collection includes resources on interpreting the life and health indications to promote health and human rights.

Resources are organized in the following categories: