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)

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 the findings at each level, the report also explores how stigma at some levels may impact the manifestations of stigma at other levels. Intersections of abortion stigma with other stigmatised characteristics—specifically HIV status and young women’s sexuality—were also reviewed.