12 Sep 2018

September 28 – share your stories

September 28 is International Day for Safe, Legal and Accessible Abortion – now known as International Safe Abortion Day. International Safe Abortion Day came about as a result of campaigning and activism for safe abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean and has since spread, with September 28 being an important day of activism for abortion activists worldwide.

Currently, the World Health Organisation estimates that 25 million unsafe abortions occur around the world every year, and 3 out of 4 abortions were unsafe in Africa and Latin America. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the WHO estimates that there are 520 deaths per 100000 unsafe abortions, and women on the African continent are disproportionately affected, with 29% of all unsafe abortions occurring in Africa, and 62% of deaths due to unsafe abortion occurring on the continent. Source: WHO.

Let us know what you are planning for September 28, and we’ll help you to promote your activities and help you look for allies or partners in your region.

See the September 28 Call for Action.

The Aunty Jane hotline in Kenya provides Sexual and Reproductive Health related information which is “reliable, safe and confidential”.

Women on Waves “provid[es] sexual health services including early medical abortions with pills, on board a Dutch ship outside the territorial waters of countries where abortion is illegal.”

COHERI has launched a Safe Abortion information hotline called Aunt Kaki, in Uganda.

Do you know of any such services in your country? Let us know here!