Abortion, abortion law, evidence-based practice, guidelines, human rights, safe abortion policy, World Health Organization guidance
Since its first publication in 2003, the World Health Organization's “Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems” has had an influence on abortion policy, law, and practice worldwide. To reflect significant developments in the clinical, service delivery, and human rights aspects of abortion care, the Guidance was updated in 2012. This article reviews select recommendations of the updated Guidance, highlighting 3 key themes that run throughout its chapters: evidence-based practice and assessment, human rights standards, and a pragmatic orientation to safe and accessible abortion care. These themes not only connect the chapters into a coherent whole. They reflect the research and advocacy efforts of a growing field in women's health and human rights.
Joanna N. Erdman, Teresa DePiñeres & Eszter Kismodi, “Updated WHO Guidance on Safe Abortion: Health and Human Rights” (2013) 120 IJGO 200-203.