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When a Health Professional Refuses: Legal and Regulatory Limits on Conscientious Objection to Provision of Abortion Care

Published in 2018

Source: Ipas

The refusal of health professionals to provide services is a significant barrier to women’s access to safe abortion and other reproductive health services. Although these providers have the right to refuse service provision under international and, in some, national law, it is necessary to have national-level legal or regulatory limits on conscientious objection to protect […]

Abortion Stigma around the World: A Synthesis of the Qualitative Literature; A Technical Report for Members of The International Network for the Reduction of Abortion Discrimination and Stigma (inroads)

Published in 2018

Source: inroads

This report provides grounding in the fundamental concepts of abortion stigma and a synthesis of the qualitative literature around the world exploring the way abortion stigma manifests. An ecological model of abortion stigma that illustrates multiple levels at which stigma manifests—individual, social, institutional, legal, and media-based—was explored in the qualitative literature review. Aside from presenting […]

Trump’s Global Gag Rule at One Year: Initial Effects and Early Implications

Published in 2018

Source: International Women's Health Coalition

This policy brief is based on the documentation project by IWHC in 2017 aimed at capturing and analysing the impacts of the Global Gag Rule (GGR), in partnership with local organisations in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. The GGR will jeopardise the health of girls and women with organisations and individuals heavily emphasising the potential […]

Access for Everybody: Disability Inclusion in Abortion and Contraceptive Care – Guide

Published in 2018

Source: Ipas

This guide provides strategies for improving disability inclusion in policy, service delivery, and community engagement interventions, which can be adapted to cater to the specific needs of each context. It is developed as a resource to improve access to abortion and contraceptive care for programme implementers and managers, technical advisors and trainers. The recommendations highlighted […]

Addressing Abortion Stigma Through Service Delivery: A White Paper

Published in 2018

Source: Sea Change Program, Ibis Reproductive Health, and Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health

This paper aims to provide the context and background of work done to address abortion stigma through service delivery. Abortion stigma is a major barrier to adequate reproductive health care for women and a key challenge for service delivery providers to address. In the first part of the paper, the definition of abortion stigma was […]

The Roadmap to Safe Abortion Worldwide: Lessons from New Global Trends on Incidence, Legality and Safety

Published in 2018

Source: Guttmacher Policy Review

The article focuses on the evidence that are continually being compiled by researchers and health care practitioners on the most effective means to decrease the impact of unsafe abortion globally and the obstacles to implementing these measures. This body of evidence provides a roadmap for policymakers to take concrete measures to protect the health, rights, […]

Mongolia Country Advocacy Brief – Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE): Evidence Based Advocacy Brief

Published in 2018


Every sixth person or 15.7 percent of the population in Mongolia is a young person between 15 – 24 years of age. These young people faces a lot of sexual and reproductive health issues among which include high teenage pregnancy, STI and HIV infection. Forty-two percent of the STI infected population are young people aged […]

Protecting safe abortion in humanitarian settings: overcoming legal and policy barriers

Published in 2018

Source: Reproductive Health Matters (RHM)

Safe abortion services are routinely omitted from sexual and reproductive health services in humanitarian settings for a variety of reasons, including improper deference to national law, the disproportionate influence of restrictive funding policies, and the failure to treat abortion as medical care. However, properly construed, abortion services fall within the purview of the universal and […]

Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs in Humanitarian Settings: An In-depth Look at Family Planning Services

Published in 2018

Source: Women’s Refugee Commission, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNFPA

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) and Save the Children — two of the co-chairs of the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) sub-working group — embarked on an initiative to identify effective practices for the delivery of ASRH services, inclusive of family planning components. This outcome document is designed to highlight […]

Integrating sexual and reproductive health into health emergency and disaster risk management

Published in 2018

Source: World Health Organisations (WHO)

This policy brief discusses the integration of SRH in all aspects of health emergency and disaster risk management, both for immediate health needs, such as saving lives in obstetric complications and preventing disease, as well in the long-term to reduce vulnerability and to support sustainable development of health systems and communities.