To mark International Safe abortion Day, Marie Stopes International is launching a new report, My Body, My Voice: Women’s views on abortion care, based on interviews with more than 1,900 safe abortion clients from across Africa, Asia and Latin America to shed a light on the realities women face when accessing care.
Their responses provide unique and valuable insight to what women face every day when accessing abortion care worldwide. Whilst every woman’s experience is unique, these responses help us to identify trends and solutions, based on what women want and value.
The report highlights the prevailing stigma surrounding abortion, with nearly one in four women (23.4%) reporting directly experiencing stigma while accessing abortion care, either from family members, partners, their community, or even in some cases from providers. High levels of stigma around abortion are creating a culture of silence, meaning women who need safe services often lack essential information on where to access them. To ensure more women can access the safe care they seek, we need to work together to smash abortion stigma everywhere.
Single women were
more likely than married women to experience stigma
Women aged 25-34 years were
more likely to experience stigma than women under 25
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