Abortion Worldwide 2017 – Uneven Progress and Unequal Access

This report reviews whether the access to and safety of abortion have changed, and the extent to which the practice of abortion aligns with how abortion is permitted by law. In some settings, women may legally qualify for an abortion, but have no real access to safe services; in others, safe procedures may be widely available, despite severe legal restrictions. Backlash against women’s legal right to abortion has resulted in the enactment of restrictions and obstacles to timely procedures. Thus, it is crucial to monitor the evolving legal context and how it affects abortion practice, access and safety around the world.