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Abortion rights in the world, 2017

Source: Global Abortion Policies Database, Geneva, WHO, 2018 (, consultation: March 2018).


The World Health Organization’s free-access database on national abortion policies puts forward numerous criteria (on rights, health services, and actors involved) with the aim of increasing transparency, responsibility and respect for women’s rights in support of its programs for preventing unsafe abortions. Only some of these criteria have been selected here; they show a global North-South contrast, with notable exceptions in each region.


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