Access to Safe Abortion: A Tool For Assessing Legal and Other Obstacles

In a given country or place, assessing the laws and the legal and other obstacles concerning access to safe abortion is a necessary preliminary step, if we want to know exactly how women can obtain legal, safe and comprehensive abortion care. However, it is often difficult to understand (and sometimes even to find) the local, national or state abortion law(s). In addition to legal requirements – often constituting barriers to accessing safe abortion – various other barriers can reduce a woman’s ability to access a legal, safe abortion. This guide is an assessment tool to become aware of legal and other obstacles that make access to safe abortion difficult or impossible, and also highlights the injustice that women can face.