Make International Safe Abortion Day an Official UN day

Open Letter to the United Nations, 17 August 2016
Open Letter: full text with signatories

Press release, 17 August 2016: UN agencies supporting women’s rights have been asked today to send "a strong signal” to governments around the world by passing a resolution at this year's UN General Assembly in September to make International Safe Abortion Day an official UN day. An Open Letter was sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of UN Women, UN Development Programme, World Health Organization, UN Population Fund, UN Children’s Fund, UNAIDS, and UNESCO today.

“It is totally unacceptable that we continue to allow women and girls to die from unsafe abortions,” said Dr Eunice Brookman-Amissah, former Health Minister of Ghana and Special Advisor to the Ipas President for African Affairs, “We know from evidence that access to safe abortion saves lives – and we know exactly how to provide these services too.”

September 28 has been an international day of action in support of safe abortion since 1990, when the women’s health movement in Latin America first launched a campaign on that date. Today, abortion rights advocates in every region of the world organise activities each year.

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Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion