Unsafe abortion leads to death and serious illness
About 7 million women and girls are hospitalised annually due to abortion-related complications, which can often lead to serious and lifelong health problems. More than 22,000 die.
Death or medical complications are much more likely where abortion is prohibited or restricted than in countries where it is legal.
It is in countries with little or no access to sex education or contraception where women and girls are often criminalised by sweeping laws against abortion, taboos prevail and the environment is not conducive to safe and quality abortion care.
Our dream is to end unsafe abortions worldwide
Women and girls of all ages – regardless of their religion or economic status – 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.
Everyone – women, men and young people – should have access to modern forms of contraception.