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Law and Policy Guide: Health Exceptions

← Return to the full Law and Policy Guide and the World's Abortion Laws Map The laws of countries allowing abortion on health grounds can vary in their formulation: Some countries indicate abortion is permitted [...]

Law and Policy Guide: Life Exceptions

← Return to the full Law and Policy Guide and the World's Abortion Laws Map Nearly 90% of countries worldwide allow abortion, at a minimum, when the woman’s life is at risk. The vast majority [...]

Law and Policy Guide: On Request

← Return to the full Law and Policy Guide and the World's Abortion Laws Map Countries allowing abortion on request generally allow women and girls to make the decision on whether to continue or terminate [...]

Law and Policy Guide: Broad Social or Economic Grounds

← Return to the full Law and Policy Guide and the World's Abortion Laws Map Countries allowing abortion on broad social or economic grounds have laws that are generally interpreted liberally to permit abortion under [...]

What If Roe Fell?

Abortion Bans Pre-Roe bans States and territories passed these abortion bans before Roe was decided, but the landmark decision made them unenforceable. If Roe is overturned, these laws could be revived in one of two ways. In some states, [...]

Law and Policy Guide: Rape and Incest Exceptions

← Return to the full Law and Policy Guide and the World's Abortion Laws Map The majority of countries worldwide allow abortion in cases of rape and/or incest, either through laws enumerating these grounds or [...]

Law and Policy Guide: Availability, Accessibility, Acceptability and Quality Framework

← Return to the full Law and Policy Guide and the World's Abortion Laws Map The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR Committee) has set forth four essential elements of the right to [...]

Law and Policy Guide: The Right to Information on Abortion

← Return to the full Law and Policy Guide and the World's Abortion Laws Map Accurate information about safe, legal abortions is critical to ensuring that women can exercise their reproductive rights. Access to information [...]

Reproductive rights are human rights.

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Law and Policy Guide: Medical Abortion

← Return to the full Law and Policy Guide and the World's Abortion Laws Map Medical abortion was first introduced in the 1980s as a safe, effective, and less invasive method for terminating pregnancy. Since [...]

Law and Policy Guide: Adolescents

← Return to the full Law and Policy Guide and the World's Abortion Laws Map Adolescents often face a range of barriers when accessing abortion services, such as cost, stigma, lack of confidentiality, and misinformation [...]

Law and Policy Guide: Conscientious Objection

← Return to the full Law and Policy Guide and the World's Abortion Laws Map In the context of abortion care, conscientious objection is when a health care worker or institution refuses to administer abortion [...]

Law and Policy Guide: Gestational Limits

← Return to the full Law and Policy Guide and the World's Abortion Laws Map Gestational limits prescribe the point within pregnancy when a termination is permissible. Such limits often vary depending on the legal [...]

Law and Policy Guide: Informed Consent

← Return to the full Law and Policy Guide and the World's Abortion Laws Map Women and girls must be afforded understandable, accurate and unbiased information about abortion services in order to guarantee their full [...]

Reproductive rights are human rights.

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