September 28 Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion
Has its origin in Latin America and the Caribbean where women’s groups have been mobilizing around September 28 the last two decades to demand their governments to decriminalize abortion, to provide access to safe and affordable abortion services and to end stigma and discrimination towards those who choose to have an abortion.
In 2011 Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) took September 28 to the global level in solidarity with the women’s movement in Latin America and in recognition of the fact that that access to safe and legal abortion continues being denied for too many in too many countries. In most of the African countries abortion is either prohibited altogether or only allowed to save the life of the mother. In some Asian countries abortion is permitted by law, in the majority, however, still severely restricted, and even when legal, women have to grapple with heavy costs and inaccessibility of appropriate abortion care. Several European countries and increasingly the United States face fierce attacks by the opposition groups that wish to curtail women’s reproductive freedom by imposing legal and financial restrictions, projecting greater stigma and discrimination and further obstructing access to abortion care. All factors mentioned above constitute severe obstacles for women to fully exercise their Human Rights.
Time has come for the global movement for sexual and reproductive rights to stand together and make one clear demand – access to affordable, safe and legal abortion now! In year 2012 September 28 receives a global recognition and is being collectively taken forward by WGNRR together with the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion joined by major regional and global SRHR networks, numerous national partners and grassroots activists.