International commitments and guidance on unsafe abortion

Type Journal Article - African journal of reproductive health
Title International commitments and guidance on unsafe abortion
Volume 8
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2004
Page numbers 15-28
Most of Africa's 54 countries have restrictive abortion laws, outdated remnants of former colonial laws that result in nearly five million unsafe abortions annually. To stem maternal mortality and morbidity, it is essential to look beyond strictly medical or health system approaches to solving this critical public health problem. The issue must be approached from a human rights perspective that emphasises the individual's right to selfdetermination. This article examines ways in which advocates can use established human rights standards, international consensus documents, and the World Health Organization's new technical and policy guidance for health systems to press for safer abortion care for African women

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