Protecting Women’s Access to Safe Abortion Care

This resource is primarily intended to help legal and policy advocates utilise the concept of privacy to support providers in guaranteeing women’s
right to confidential abortion care. Part 1 of this resource explains how abortion care is linked to the human right to privacy. Through questions and answers, Part 2 provides an overview of the ethical and human rights protections related to privacy, including the duty to report. Part 3 focuses on how abortion laws can be drafted to best protect privacy and confidentiality and avoid human rights violations and harmful barriers for women seeking abortion care. The national laws and policies discussed in this resource provide examples of common ways that confidentiality and privacy related to abortion care are addressed in national laws.