HRC48: We demand free, safe and accessible abortion for everyone, NOW!

To commemorate the International Safe Abortion Day, ISHR joined 372 organisations as well as women human rights defenders working to prevent maternal deaths, including through ensuring safe abortions, to demand free, safe and accessible abortion for everyone, NOW!

To commemorate the International Safe Abortion Day, ISHR joined 372 organisations as well as women human rights defenders working to prevent maternal deaths, including through ensuring safe abortions, to demand free, safe and accessible abortion for everyone, NOW!

The joint statement was delivered at the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council by ISHR, Center for Reproductive Rights, Sexual Rights Initiative, and Association for Women’s Rights in Development.

Read the full joint statement below and watch it here:

The Vienna Declaration is now 28 years old.  The ICPD Programme of Action is now 27 years old.  The Beijing Declaration is now 26 years old.  And women are still not considered fully human, entitled to the rights enshrined in all these documents.  If we were, we would not be dying in the hundreds of thousands every year because of violations to our sexual and reproductive rights.  This International Safe Abortion Day, we demand our human rights to free, safe and accessible abortion, NOW. Not after the pandemic, not after the never ending economic crises, not after whatever issue that is considered more important, NOW.  Today and every day more than 800 women and girls will die because States do not consider us worthy to enjoy even the most basic human rights.  Each year between 4.7% – 13.2% of maternal deaths can be attributed to unsafe abortion. 

Maternal mortality estimates per year by the WHO: Afghanistan: 7700; Albania 5; Algeria 1200; Andorra no data available ;Angola 3000; Antigua and Barbuda 1; Argentina 290;  Armenia 11; Australia  20; Austria 4; Azerbaijan 44; Bahamas 4; Bahrain 3; Bangladesh 5100; Barbados 1; Belarus 3;  Belgium 6;. Belize 3; Benin 1600; Bhutan 24, Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 380; Bosnia and Herzegovina 3; Botswana 81; Brazil 1700; Brunei Darussalam 2; Bulgaria 6; Burkina Faso 2400; Burundi 2400; Cabo Verde 6; Cambodia 590; Cameroon 4700; Canada 40; Central African Republic 1400; Chad 7300; Chile 29; China 4900; Colombia 610; Comoros 72; Congo 650; Costa Rica 19; Côte D’Ivoire  5400; Croatia 3; Cuba 42; Cyprus 1; Czech Republic 4; Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 310, Democratic Republic of the Congo 16000; Denmark 2, Djibouti 51, Dominican Republic 200; Ecuador 200; Egypt 960; El Salvador 54; Equatorial Guinea 130; Eritrea 510, Estonia 1; Eswatini 130; Ethiopia 14000; Fiji 6; Finland 2; France 56; Gabon 170, Gambia (Republic of The) 520; Georgia 14; Germany 53; Ghana 2700; Greece 2; Guatemala 400; Guinea  2600; Guinea Bissau 440; Guyana 26; Haiti 1300, Honduras 130, Hungary 11; Iceland< 1; India 35000; Indonesia 8600; Iran (Islamic Republic of) 250; Iraq 870; Ireland 3; Israel 5; Italy 7; Jamaica 38; Japan 44; Jordan 100; Kazakhstan 37; Kenya 5000; Kiribati 3; Kuwait 7; Kyrgyzstan 95; Lao People’s Democratic Republic 310; Latvia 4; Lebanon 34; Lesotho 310;  Liberia 1000, Libya 92, Liechtenstein no data available; Lithuania 2; Luxembourg < 1; Madagascar 2800; Malawi 2100; Malaysia 150; Maldives 4; Mali 4400; Malta < 1, Marshall Islands no data available; Mauritania 1100; Mauritius 8; Mexico 740; Micronesia (Federated States of) 2; Monaco no data available; Mongolia 35; Montenegro < 1; Morocco 480; Mozambique 3100; Myanmar 2400; Namibia 140; Nauru no data available; Nepal 1100; Netherlands 9; New Zealand 5; Nicaragua 130; Niger 5100; Nigeria 67000; North Macedonia 2; Norway 1; Oman 17; Pakistan 8300; Palau no data available; Panama 41; Papua New Guinea 340; Paraguay 120; Peru 500; Philippines 2700; Poland 8; Portugal 6; Qatar 2; Republic of Korea 43; Republic of Moldova 8; Romania 36; Russian Federation 320; Rwanda 960; Saint Kitts and Nevis no data available; Saint Lucia 3; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1; Samoa 2;  San Marino no data available; Sao Tome and Principe 9; Saudi Arabia 100; Senegal 1700; Serbia 10; Seychelles 1; Sierra Leone 11; Singapore 4; Slovakia 3; Slovenia 1; Solomon Islands 22; Somalia 5100; South Africa 1400; South Sudan  4500; Spain 14;  Sri Lanka 120;  Sudan 3900; Suriname 13; Sweden 5;  Switzerland 4; Syrian Arab Republic 130; Tajikistan 46; Thailand 270; Timor-Leste 52; Togo 1000; Tonga  1; Trinidad and Tobago 12; Tunisia 90; Turkey 220; Turkmenistan 10; Tuvalu no data available; Uganda 6000; Ukraine 83; United Arab Emirates 3; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 53; United Republic of Tanzania 11000; United States of America 720; Uruguay 8; Uzbekistan 200; Vanuatu 6; Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 670; Viet Nam 700; Yemen 1400; Zambia 1300; Zimbabwe 2100. 

Every country in the world and the UN is implicated in our preventable deaths and morbidity. We demand our human rights to free, safe and accessible abortion NOW.

Signatories: Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, Aborto Libre Puerto Rico, Acción para el Desarrollo y la Igualdad, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, Adéquations, AKAHATA A.C., Akahatá Equipo de trabajo en Sexualidades y Géneros, Allerleirauh e.V., ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa, Anis – Instituto de Bioética, APROJA, Articulación de Lesbianas Feministas de Lima, Articulación Feminista Marcosur, Asamblea Permanente por los derechos humanos, Asociacion Ciudadana ACCEDER, Asociación Civil de Planificación Familiar, Asociación de Desarrollo Sostenible LGTBI Costa Rica, Asociación de Mujeres Malvaluna, Asociación Familia Sana, ASOCIACION LADECOM,Asociación para el Desarrollo Integral de las Víctimas de la Violencia en las Verapaces Maya Achi -ADIVIMA, Asociación por ti Mujer,Association pour les victimes du monde, Association Tunisienne de la Santé de la Reproduction (ATSR), ASTRA Network, Aula Comunitaria de Educación Popular en Salud, AutaMaimasa Health Foundation, Bloco A, Botschaft der Polinnen / Berlin, Cahaya Perempuan WCC, Cairo Insitute for Human Rights Studies, Catedra Libre de Aborto Maria Campos (UNSE), Catholics for Choice Canada, Católicas pelo Direito de Decidir – Brasil,Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir – Colombia, Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir / Bolivia, Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir El Salvador, Cecavid, CEDES – Centro de Estudio de Estado y Sociedad, CenAIKE, Center for reproductive rights, Centre de santé des femmes de la Mauricie, Centre de santé des femmes de Montréal, Centre des Femmes La Marie Debout, Centre des Femmes La Marie Debout du quartier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Mtl Qc, Centre for Solutions Journalism, Centro de Derechos de Mujeres, Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), Centro de Promoción en Salud y Asistencia Familiar CEPROSAF, Honduras, Centro Las Libres de Información en Salud Sexual Región Centro AC, CENTRO MUJERES AC, Centrum Praw Kobiet, CEPIA Cidadania Estudo Pesquisa Informaçao Açao, Charo – Young Bhutanese of New York, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, CIES Salud Sexual Salud Reproductiva, Circle of Hope Health Care Services, Inc., CISCSA-CIUDADES FEMINISTAS, CLACAI, Consorcio Latinoamericano Contra el Aborto Inseguro,  CLADEM, Clinica Wound, Clinique des femmes de l’Outaouais, Coalition of African Lesbians, Colectiva ADAS, acompañamiento después de un aborto seguro, Colectivo Rebeldía, Collectif DSSR, Collectif pour le libre choix, COLLEGE NATIONAL DES GYNECOLOGUES OBSTETRICIENS DU BENIN, Community and family aid foundation, Comunidad de Derechos Humanos, Consorcio Latinoamericano Contra el Aborto Inseguro (CLACAI), Construisons Ensemble le monde, Coordinadora Transversal de Mujeres Organizadas, Corporación Humanas, Centro Regional de Derechos Humanos y Justicia de Género, Corporación MILES Chile, Corporación Red Somos, Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction, Rhodes University,  Damar Perempuan Lampung, Danish Family Planning Association, Defend Choice, Doctors for Choice Germany e.V., DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung), Dziewuchy Berlin, ELA – Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género, En Primera Persona, A.C., Entre Nosotras, Equality Bahamas, Equality Fund, Evidence Charity Organization Uganda, Fédération du Québec pour le planning des naissances, Feminist Alliance for International Action, Feministas por el Cambio Social, FLOWER ACEH, Fondazione Pangea onlus, Forum For Women & Development, Frente Nacional por la Salud de los Pueblos del Ecuador (FNSPE), Frente Popular Darío Santillán Corriente Plurinacional, Fundación CEDESOCIAL, Fundación CEMOPLAF, Fundación centro integral de salud sexual y reproductiva, Fundación colectivo Hombres XX, A. C., FUNDACION DESAFIO, Fundación El Churo, Fundación GAAT, Fundación Gente Positiva CR, Fundación Grupo de Acción y Apoyo a personas Trans (GAAT) Colombia, Fundación Margen de Apoyo y promoción de la Mujer., Fundación Marie Stopes México, Fundación Mexicana para la Planeación Familiar, A. C., MEXFAM, Fundación Mujer & Mujer, Fundacion para Estudio e Investigacion de la MUjer -FEIM, Fundación para la Educación Sexual y Reproductiva -ESAR, Fundacion Paso a Paso A.C, Fundación Pro Bienestar Sexual y Reproductivo PROSER, GAYa NUSANTARA Foundation, Generation Alive, Generation Alive, Georgian Union of PLHIV, Real People Real Vision, Girls Opportunity Network of Liberia, Girls’ Rights and Advocacy Parade Uganda, Girls’ Voice Heard Initiative – Mbale City, Uganda, Global Justice Center,  Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), GROUPE TAWHIDA BEN CHEIKH, RESEARCH AND ACTION FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH, Grupo Curumim, Grupo Medico por el derecho a decidir -Colombia, Hábitat Mujer Salud, Hesperian Health Guides, HPLGBT, Humanists International, Ibis Reproductive Health, Immigrant Women’s Information Network,  Iniciativas Sanitarias, Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba, International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), International Planned Parenthood Federation, International service for human rights, INTIATIVE FEMME ENFANT ET DEVELOPPEMENT, Ipas Bolivia, Ipas CAM (Centroamérica y México), IPPFWHR, Konsorsium PERMAMPU, Korean Disability Forum, Kritische Mediziner, innen Freiburg, Ladder for rural development organization, Las Borders, LP2M SUMBAR, Lubuskie Stowarzyszenie na Rzecz Kobiet BABA, lunes lilas navarra, MANODIVERSA BOLIVIA, Medical Students for Choice Marburg, Médicas Verde Violeta, MenEngage Alliance, Metzineres SCCL, Midwifery Society of Nepal, Movimiento Manuela Ramos, Movimientos, Trans Feminista Bolívia, Mujer Y Salud en Uruguay – MYSU, Mujeres de Bandera Roj, Mujeres de Hierro, Mujeres de Negro Rosario – Argentina, Mujeres por el Cambio, Mujeres por el Cambio Guayas, Mujeres Supervivientes de Sevilla., MuMaLa-Mujeres de la Matria Latinoamericana Argentina, Naripokkho, National Users Network of Nepal (NUNN), Nodo Género y Políticas de Equidad, Nuestros Cuerpos Nuestras Vidas A.C, Obervatorio de la Gobernanza para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo A:C:, Observatorio de Género y Equidad, Observatorio de Género y Equidad, ÖGF, Austrian Family Planning Association, Onda Feminista, Optio, Oriéntame, Peace Foundation Pakistan, Perkumpulan Samsara,  Planned Parenthood Global, Population, Health and Development Group (PHD Group), PPSW Riau, Prayas Health Group, pro familia Bundesverband (Federal Office), PRO FEMINA Association Profamilia, Profamilia – Colombia, Promsex – Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos, Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc, RAWSA MENA (RIGHT AND ACCESS FOR WOMEN TO SAFE ABORTION), Rawsa Mena Network, Red de mujeres indigenas con discapacidad de ALC, Red de mujeres trabajadoras sexuales de Lac, RED LAC – CATÓLICAS POR EL DERECHO A DECIDIR, Red Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Red por los derechos sexuales y reproductivos en México (ddeser), Red PVVS-Uruguay, REDAAS, REDAAS – Red de Acceso al Aborto Seguro Argentina, Rede Nacional de Feministas Antiproibicionistas, Redesfera Latinoamericana de la Diversidad Psicosocial, REDI Red por los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick, Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia, Reproductive Health Network Kenya, Reproductive Health Training Center of the Republic of Moldova, RESURJ alliance, RHR Literacy Lab (Japan), Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Rural Women Rights Structure, RWRS—Liberia, Rutgers, S.O.S Grossesse, Samsara, SAMYAK, Save All Women and Girls Indonesia, SEDRA-FEDERACIÓN PLANIFICACIÓN FAMILIAR, SENDAS, Servicios Humanitarios en Salud Sexual y Reproductiva acm, Sex og Politikk (IPPF Norway), SEX vs The STORK Association, Romania, SEXUAL HEALTH SWITZERLAND, Sexual Rights Intiative, Sexuality Policy Watch -ABIA, SFBSP-BURUNDI, SFBSP-Burundi, SHARE, center for Sexual rights and Reproductive justice, SHINE SA (Sexual Health Information Networking And Education South Australia (SHINE SA) Limited), Shirkat Gah – Women’s Resource Centre, SHORE Centre, Solidarité avec les Victimes et pour la Paix-SOVIP, Somos Muchas, Space Allies, Stowarzyszenie Kobieta na PLUS, Sures, Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, Table de concertation du mouvement des femmes de la Mauricie, Taller Salud, Tarun Chetna, TERRE DES JEUNES DU BURUNDI-TRANSNATIONAL, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, The Coalition for Sexual & Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR), TICAH, Trystereo Collective/New Orleans Harm Reduction Network, Tusitukirewamu Group Bwaise, UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health, WGNRR AFRICA, Women on Web International Foundation, Women’s Action Group, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling, Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), Women’s Legal Centre, Women’s Link Worldwide, Women’s Support and Information Centre NPO, Womens March Lublin (Manifa Lublin), Woodhull Freedom Foundation, Yayasan Kesehatan Perempuan, Youth Association for Development, Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, @gayofiraq, نساء ضد العنف, ملتقى السلام للمرأة السوزية, رابطة المواطنة , مركز تفوق الاستشاري للتنمية




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