Oct 18-22 Is Intl Access to Safe Abortion Week

This week the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) is hosting “International Access to Safe Abortion Week” to raise awareness about the importance of access to safe abortion worldwide, as well as highlight work being done to achieve greater access for women.

I’m glad they’ve taken the opportunity to draw attention to this issue. We’ve come a long way, but much more remains to be done to ensure better access and save women’s lives: each year, an estimated 20 million unsafe abortions occur worldwide. About 70,000 women, the vast majority of them in developing countries, die from the consequences of these unsafe abortions every year, and untold numbers suffer severe health effects.

So we know the numbers are grim. But what can we do to address this uniquely feminist problem on a global scale?

First, get more information and become an advocate for this important cause by checking out the just-released abortion advocacy brief.

Next, educate yourself on the details of misoprostol, a little-known but widely-available anti-ulcer medication that can also be used by women to self-induce abortion safely. From the just-released guide “Abortion With Self-Administered Misoprostol”:

“Research has found that misoprostol used alone is about 85 percent successful in inducing abortion when used as recommended, offering a safe and accessible alternative for women who have no other option.”

Third, write your Representative to show your support for the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act. You can find contact information and a sample letter here.

Lastly, check out the rest of Intl Access to Safe Abortion week over on Akimbo for more information and resources, including a video highlighting the disappointing truth that in many areas, even though abortion is technically legal, it is not always accessible and safe.

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Lori Adelman started blogging with Feministing in 2008, and now runs partnerships and strategy as a co-Executive Director. She is also the Director of Youth Engagement at Women Deliver, where she promotes meaningful youth engagement in international development efforts, including through running the award-winning Women Deliver Young Leaders Program. Lori was formerly the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and has also worked at the United Nations Foundation on the Secretary-General's flagship Every Woman Every Child initiative, and at the International Women’s Health Coalition and Human Rights Watch. As a leading voice on women’s rights issues, Lori frequently consults, speaks and publishes on feminism, activism and movement-building. A graduate of Harvard University, Lori has been named to The Root 100 list of the most influential African Americans in the United States, and to Forbes Magazine‘s list of the “30 Under 30” successful mediamakers. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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