On March 9, 2022, the World Health Organization released its latest guidelines on abortion care. This new resource provides more than 50 evidenced-based recommendations, ranging from clinical practice, health service delivery, and legal and policy interventions meant to increase access to quality abortion care.
“We are pleased to join with the WHO and organizations around the world to put these guidelines to use so that anyone, no matter where they live, can access abortion care, which is not only essential health care but is a human right. Ensuring access to quality abortion services, including accurate information about abortion with pills, is our mission at Ipas,” says Ipas President and CEO Anu Kumar.
It’s important that the global health community works collectively to remove barriers to abortion care. These guidelines bolster what we know from our work around the world—that restricting abortion, whether through laws and policies, or stigmatizing practices, only harms people, directly contributes to needless deaths and injuries, and denies human rights. All people, whether they live in Tanzania or Texas, have the right to make fundamental decisions about their bodies and health. That’s why abortion must be available and accessible to all.”