Health and Education

Global Day to Destigmatize Abortion

by Kelli R. Parker on Mar 28, 2024

Whether you realize it or not, someone you know or love has had an abortion.

Abortion is healthcare and a normal part of our reproductive journeys. Approximately 25 percent of people capable of pregnancy in the United States (that’s 1 in 4) will have an abortion by age 45. For many people, accessing safe abortion is key to bodily autonomy.

Abortions are normal. On March 28, we join activists worldwide in launching the Global Day of Action to Destigmatize Abortions.

Stigma refers to the negative beliefs, disapproving and judgmental labels, and discrimination against abortion care and everyone who accesses abortions or supports other people accessing it. Abortion stigma is the reason:

While research confirms that abortions are a common, normal, and safe part of reproductive health globally, prevailing stigma prevents abortion from being treated as a standard healthcare procedure in most parts of the world. Stigma creates barriers to access abortion care and those barriers have serious impacts on people’s health and wellbeing. Stigma causes people to feel ashamed, afraid, and unable to exercise their reproductive rights.

The Global Day of Action mobilizes multidisciplinary initiatives and amplifies resources to advance stigma-free abortion justice. We are proud to be a part of this broad-based campaign to build communities where people are able to access their fundamental human right to abortion care; where care is experienced with love, care, and support; and where abortion narratives are part of broader stories of people’s everyday lives.

On March 28, we recommit ourselves to creating a world free from abortion stigma. We stand in solidarity with everyone who experiences abortion and with those who help to ensure that abortion is safe and accessible.

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