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How accessible is abortion in Bosnia and Herzegovina? 

5 February 2024
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Abortion is available on request up to 10 weeks in Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, access to services is limited in a number of ways.…

Empowering young advocates for safe abortion in Nepal

11 January 2024
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All our Youth Champions take part in an intensive ‘abortion boot camp’ where they learn safe abortion advocacy skills.…

The musings of a disability abortion doula in Kenya 

3 December 2023
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As a social worker and abortion doula, I receive many cases of girls with disabilities in need of abortion services in Kenya.…

Feminist reproductive justice and the fight against gendered violence 

24 November 2023
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How gender-based violence manifests itself through the restrictions that exist to limit our reproductive decisions. …

Can we make global meetings more ethical and impactful?

15 November 2023
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We think it’s important to provide abortion rights activists with safe spaces where they can speak openly.…

Why we no longer ask grantee partners to ‘count’ abortions

26 October 2023
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Our aim is to increase the number of people who have the option to choose safe, dignified abortion care if and when they need it.…

The global abortion rights movement is unstoppable

28 September 2023
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On International Safe Abortion Day we celebrate the incredible achievements of global abortion rights activists.…

Fighting for reproductive justice in Zimbabwe

12 September 2023
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Unsafe abortion is contributing to the high maternal mortality rate in Zimbabwe.…

Harm reduction in adolescent sexual and reproductive health

24 August 2023
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AOGU explains how they employ a harm reduction approach to support young people in Uganda with unplanned pregnancies.…

A mother’s cry for help: we need safe, legal abortion in Sierra Leone

5 July 2023
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WHRRO urges the government of Sierra Leone to enact the safe, legal abortion bill and work towards creating a society where women’s reproductive health is a priority.…

How SAAF is addressing power dynamics in our funding

20 June 2023
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SAAF aims to be a supportive and fair donor. Here are some of the ways we work to try to remove barriers for the organisations we fund.…

A Fund for Social Justice in Mexico

26 May 2023
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SAAF board member Eugenia López Uribe recalls co-founding Fondo MARIA in Mexico – the first abortion fund in Latin America.…

When abortion stigma intersects with LGBTQ+ stigma

17 May 2023
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SAAF grantee partner 3W explains why the fight for reproductive freedom is inextricably linked to the fight for LGBTQ+ equality.…

Abortion in Mexico: legal, safe and free?

4 April 2023
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SAAF grantee partner Di RAMONA outlines the obstacles to accessing safe, free, legal abortion services in Mexico.…

Bisexual women are more likely than heterosexual women to have abortions

14 March 2023
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Research from around the world shows that pregnancy and abortion are not just experienced by heterosexual, cisgender women.…

Colombia takes another step towards more accessible abortions

21 February 2023
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A year ago today, Colombia decriminalised abortion. SAAF partner Si Mujer shares how a recent government resolution is another win for abortion rights.…

Why we advocate for the right to access safe medical abortion in Nigeria

30 January 2023
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SAAF grantee partner GIWYN explains why they advocate for the right to safe and legal abortion, and support self-managed abortion in Nigeria.…

New safe abortion app to be launched in the MENA region

17 January 2023
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SAAF grantee partner RAWSA has developed an app to provide advice and support on sexual and reproductive health to people in the MENA region.…

Indonesia’s new Criminal Code strengthens abortion provisions but threatens democracy and human rights

9 December 2022
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Indonesia recently introduced a new Criminal Code which restricts promotion of contraception and criminalises sex outside of marriage.…

Abortion, sex and pleasure

30 November 2022
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SAAF has endorsed the Pleasure Principles as we believe it’s crucial to think about sex, and pleasure, when it comes to abortion.…

Safe abortion is legal – but still inaccessible – for young people in India

2 November 2022
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The YP Foundation carried out an audit of abortion services in India and found that young people are still not receiving the high-quality, unbiased care they deserve.…

Speaking about abortion saves lives

27 September 2022
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SOSFEC works to reduce rates of unsafe abortion in South Kivu, DRC.…

Making Unsafe Abortion History in Uganda

25 August 2022
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SAAF grantee partner COHERINET works to reduce unsafe abortion in Uganda.…

What does the overturning of Roe V Wade mean for global abortion politics? 

30 June 2022
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The Supreme Court decision to remove the constitutional right to abortion will have a catastrophic impact on millions of people in the US. Increased legal restrictions to abortion will inevitably…

Germany finally removed an unnecessary barrier to safe abortion

27 June 2022
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On Friday, 24 June 2022, the German parliament removed an existing ban on advertising abortion services. They voted to scrap Section 219ª, which prohibits the disclosure of factual information about…

Mama Sophia: A Life Changing App

5 May 2022
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The Mama Sophia app provides information on reproductive health in a free, accessible and confidential manner.…

Trans Visibility and Access to Abortion

31 March 2022
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Trans men face specific barriers to abortion access in Bolivia. Manodiversa has carried out research to find out more.…

Access to abortion under lockdown in India

22 March 2022
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Millions of safe abortion services were affected by the COVID-19 lockdowns in India. Sama is working to improve the situation for women in marginalised communities.…

Abortion has been decriminalised in Colombia

22 February 2022
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by Fundación Si Mujer We are celebrating amazing news in Colombia, where, on 21st February 2022, the Constitutional Court voted to decriminalise abortion. Thanks to Causa Justa, a coalition of…

Criminalisation of Abortion in Kenya

31 January 2022
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By Linda Wanjiru Kroeger, KELIN Imagine being jailed for up to 14 years for trying to end your pregnancy because a morally driven political system deems this to be a…

Young Women’s Lack of Access to Information on Safe Abortion in Zambia

10 November 2021
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Copper Rose Zambia works to make a difference in the lives of women and girls by educating them about their sexual and reproductive health rights. This includes our Safe Reproductive Health Awareness…

How MAMA Network is Making Safe Abortion Accessible in Sub-Saharan Africa

27 September 2021
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On this International Safe Abortion Day, we are reminded that the right to safe abortion should be at the core of achieving gender equality – enabling everybody to fully exercise their…

Agility in Abortion Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Uganda

4 August 2021
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Hello world, I’m Mirembe Mariam from Uganda. I work as Programs Manager at an organization called COHERINET, with five years’ experience working on abortion related projects. COHERINET is a non-profit organization…

Legal Yet Stigmatized: Abortion Care in Nepal

4 June 2021
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Nepal legalized abortion in 2002. With the recent adoption of “The Right to Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Act” in 2018, the country has taken huge strides for the fulfilment…

How to Protect and Respect the Reproductive Rights of LGBTI+ Individuals

17 May 2021
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Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. A day when the world acknowledges the ongoing discrimination faced by LGBTI+*  people around the world, but also offers solidarity and hope for positive change. As a global…

Current Threats to Safe and Legal Abortion in South Africa

5 May 2021
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South Africa’s Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Act (CTOPA) was enacted 25 years ago. It aims to repeal restrictive and inaccessible abortion laws and promote reproductive rights and freedom of…

Fighting Unsafe Abortion and Abortion Stigma in Sierra Leone

20 April 2021
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This blogpost speaks to the national burden of unsafe abortion in Sierra Leone. Those who are most vulnerable and least able to access safe services largely bear the cost.  Millions…

How We’re Improving Safe Abortion Access in Kyrgyzstan

3 March 2021
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In Kyrgyzstan, the law says you can have an abortion on request up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. After that, it’s still available but for ‘social reasons’ which need to…

Girls Break the Silence About Sexual Assault and Abortion in Somalia

26 January 2021
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Content warning: r*pe, sexual assault I love Puntland, in its little corner of Somalia. I love the people who fight through famine, war and division. The ocean that laps its…

How COVID-19 is Affecting Access to Abortion in Georgia

15 December 2020
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If you Google “abortion in Georgia” you may see news about the State in the U.S – where there are often threats to provision of abortion care. Here in Georgia the…

The Abortion Law in Thailand is Being Improved, But It’s Not Enough

9 December 2020
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As feminist campaigners we are glad that the abortion law in Thailand will be liberalized early next year, and proud that our organization has been a part of this. However, if it…

What does the U.S. election result mean for global reproductive rights?

1 December 2020
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“When the U.S sneezes, the rest of the world gets a cold”. This is what Moses Mulumba recently said on a webinar to discuss the impact of the U.S. presidency…

Accessing Abortion During a Pandemic – Where Are We Now?

28 September 2020
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Since the huge global impact of the coronavirus pandemic first became apparent at the start of this year, many of those working in sexual and reproductive health care have noted increased…

My Hope to Save Lives Through Abortion Law Reform in Malawi

24 September 2020
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Tears flowed from my eyes when pallbearers lowered the coffin into the grave. I could not understand why the hospital had refused to offer my niece a safe abortion whose…

Accessing Safe Abortion during Lockdown in Africa

23 June 2020
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We have seen how pandemics negatively impact access to reproductive health services, especially access to safe abortion. As the pandemic spread globally, MAMA Network saw a growing demand for self-managed…

What does COVID-19 mean for Young Women in the Kibera Slum?

4 May 2020
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COVID-19 has forced countries around the world to take unprecedented measures to combat the rapid spread of the virus. Although the pandemic affects all of us, it has hit people in…

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-damental Rights in Kenya

27 April 2020
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Imagine waking up one morning with a really bad flu. Your immediate recourse would be to take fluids and maybe some medication. Should a sore throat develop, you might take…

Nurses & Midwives Can Make Abortions Safer in India

7 April 2020
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In India, abortion under certain conditions has been legal for almost five decades. You would imagine that further legalising abortion would make it safer and more accessible for all. However,…

Moving Closer to the Legalization of Abortion in Argentina

26 March 2020
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The feminist movement is about to achieve a historic conquest in Argentina. After years of struggle and social debate, President Alberto Fernandez has announced the introduction of a bill for the Voluntary…

India just made its Abortion Laws more Accessible

11 February 2020
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Last week, the Indian Cabinet increased the upper limit for the termination of pregnancies to 24 weeks. This is a huge relief for many across the country. Previously, people have been…