If laws don’t change, tens of millions of women will continue to risk their lives and health each year. In contrast, where laws are reformed, as in Ethiopia and Nepal more than a decade ago, an enabling environment is created, and women’s health improves.

Ipas President and CEO Elizabeth Maguire during the 47th session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development

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“Safe, legal abortion services must be available to all women, but in order to do that governments must remove abortion from criminal and penal codes and treat it like any other health-care service,” says Gillian Kane, Ipas senior policy advisor.