Contraception and safe abortion

Women should have the right to choose about their own lives and bodies, including whether or not to have a child, and receive the necessary support to realise these choices safely.

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It is crucial for everyone – women, men and young people – to get information about sexuality and have access to contraception and safe abortion.

Our dual focus on contraception and safe abortion

Everywhere in the world, young people face challenges in accessing contraception – such as female condoms or the pill – and safe abortion. Rutgers works for the widespread availability and affordability of contraceptives and safe abortion methods. Our work on these two key themes is inextricably linked.

We are the Netherlands’ leading sexuality centre, working to improve access to services and information on safe sex, contraceptives and safe abortion. We raise awareness and provide information for women, their partners and relatives, and the broader community about the options for contraception and safe abortion.

Contraception helps reduce unsafe abortion numbers

Every year there are millions unplanned pregnancies for women whose contraception has failed or could not access it. This results in turn results in millions of abortions. Women that access contraceptives and safe abortion methods and services, are free to make a safe choice.

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Painful repercussions of taboo : Story of an unsafe abortion survivor

Safe abortion

About 25 million unsafe abortions happen around the world every year – almost all of them in low-income countries. Rutgers’ dream is to end unsafe abortions. We work for the widespread availability and affordability of safe abortion worldwide. Our comprehensive, integrated approach of information and access to contraception and safe abortion has already started to reduce the number of unsafe abortions.

Read more on our work on safe abortion

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