abortion laws and policies has been launched jointly by the World Health
Organization (WHO) and the Population Division of the United Nations
(UN) Department of Social and Economic Affairs.
Available on both WHO and UN
online platforms, the database provides country-specific sexual and
reproductive health indicators, and covers policy areas such as legal
grounds for abortion and related gestational limits; who can provide
abortion services; and where, when and how abortion services are
Jina Dhillon, Ipas policy and advocacy manager, says the database
will put critical information at the fingertips of reproductive health
and rights advocates around the world. “Our work is urgent,” she says.
“This database will accelerate and strengthen our ability to eliminate
needless deaths and injuries caused by unsafe abortion.”
“The global picture for abortion laws and policies is complex,” says WHO. “This database can help unpack the complexities and nuances of these laws and policies.” Although the database does not address how abortion laws and policies are being applied in practice, advocates working to advance reproductive rights are encouraged to use database information to generate evidence on how countries are implementing laws and policies.
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