Abortion services in humanitarian contexts

Michelle R. Kaufman, Einav Levy, Rosa Da Costa, Paula Joelsons, Monica Skoko, Miriam Gvaram

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Abstract

Conditions prevailing in humanitarian crises often create a coercive environment for women. Material and security needs and pre-exisiting inequalities render women par-ticularly vulnerable to social and contextual coercion in such situations, which can often result in unwanted pregnancies. Some women may resort to unsafe abortions, sometimes resulting in death. Currently, abortion services provided by humanitarian agencies are either unavailable or fail to meet the real need in humanitarian settings. Accessible family planning, contraceptives, and early remedies should all be available, along with counsel-ling. In addition, a pro-choice approach and accompanying abortion services should be a fundamental pillar of health services available to women in emergencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1569-1572
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Abortion
  • Coercion
  • Family planning
  • Humanitarian action
  • Unsafe pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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