Abortion Worldwide: 20 Years of Reform


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In 1994, 179 countries came together to adopt the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the first international consensus document in which states recognized that reproductive rights are human rights that are already enshrined in domestic and international law. Abortion Worldwide: 20 Years of Reform provides a comprehensive overview of abortion law reforms in countries across the globe since ICPD, demonstrating that more than 30 countries have liberalized their abortion laws, expanding the grounds under which women can legally access abortion services. At the same time, only a handful of countries have taken steps to legally restrict abortion or make it more difficult for women to procure abortions during this time.