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

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, and lives of women worldwide. Among the concrete measures are adopting clinical guidelines on comprehensive abortion care, increasing access to post-abortion care, facilitating correct use of medication abortion in clandestine settings, combatting stigma, reforming restrictive abortion laws, and investing in services to prevent unintended pregnancies and the often unsafe abortions that may follow.