Safe Abortion

Safe Abortion

Rights and evidence-based knowledge on safe abortion matters! In light of recent attacks around the globe on the availability of legal and safe abortion services and in the contexts of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda, pursuing the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and reflecting on the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), SRHM is encouraging the revitalisation of evidence, knowledge and analysis related to safe abortion as a matter of health care, with special attention to the impact of criminal and restrictive laws that impede access to safe abortion services.

25 years after the ICPD acknowledged reproductive rights as human rights, it is vital that access to legal and safe abortion is regarded globally as a significant matter of public health, particularly by governments, parliamentarians, judges, policy makers, healthcare professionals, and other key influencers.

SRHM’s activities in this area are divided into KNOWLEDGE, INFLUENCE and CAPACITY-BUILDING.


Recent SRHM papers

Makleff S, Wilkins R, Wachsmann H, et al. Exploring stigma and social norms in women’s abortion experiences and their expectations of care – 27(3):2019
Engle O. From a whisper to a shout: abortion activism and social media – 27(3):2019
Rehnström Loi U, 
Otieno B, Oguttu M, et al. Abortion and contraceptive use stigma: a cross-sectional study of attitudes and beliefs in secondary school students in western Kenya – 27(3):2019
Undurraga V. Criminalisation under scrutiny: how constitutional courts are changing their narrative by using public health evidence in abortion cases – 27(1):2019
Erdman JN. The gender injustice of abortion laws – 27(1):2019
Undurraga V & 
Sadler M. The misrepresentation of conscientious objection as a new strategy of resistance to abortion decriminalisation – 27(2):2019
Beavin C, Billings DL & Chávez S.Activist framing of abortion and use for policy change in Peru – 27(1):2019
Gressick K, 
Gelpi A & Chanroo T. Zika and abortion in Brazilian newspapers: how a new outbreak revived an old debate on reproductive rights – 27(2):2019
Sharma AC, Dhillon J, Shabbir G, et al. Notes from the field: political norm change for abortion in Pakistan – 27(2):2019
Kerestes C, Sheets K, Stockdale CKPrevalence, attitudes and knowledge of misoprostol for self-induction of abortion in women presenting for abortion at Midwestern reproductive health clinics – 27(1):2019
Casey SE, Steven VJ, Deitch J, et al. “You must first save her life”: community perceptions towards induced abortion and post-abortion care in North and South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo – 27(1):2019


We accept papers on a continuous basis to our open issue from a range of topics within the sexual and reproductive health and rights field. We also accept a wide range of article types, from full research reports to short commentaries, perspectives and book reviews.




On Tuesday 8 October 2019 SRHM held a webinar to discuss the gender injustice perspectives of criminal abortion laws, the importance of using public health evidence in challenging criminalization of abortion, and exploring ways to connect these important discourses to the universal health coverage (UHC) agenda.

We welcomed the authors of two important papers published by SRHM most recently in this discussion: The gender injustice of abortion laws authored by Joanna Erdman, and Criminalization under scrutiny: how constitutional courts are changing their narrative by using public health evidence in abortion cases by Verónica Undurraga.

We also invited Veloshnee Govender to help us contextualize these important discourses within the UHC effort on sexual and reproductive health, and invited the authors to explore the connections between their respective discourses on challenging criminalization of abortion and and making safe abortion available, accessible and affordable within the scope of UHC.

Watch the recording of the webinar



SRHM provides mentoring to researchers, advocates, policy makers, service providers and other SRHR professionals, especially those from the global South, to bring their analysis and writing to peer-reviewed publication standard in service of improving dissemination of quality research and analysis on SRHR, with a strong focus on rights perspectives and with particular attention to the needs and rights of most marginalized people. SRHM encourages researchers to continue submitting articles on SRHR and disability.

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