Expanding Access to Safe Abortion
Latin America and the Caribbean have some of the most restrictive laws against abortion in the world. Only six of the region’s thirty-four countries permit abortion without restriction. As a result, 95% of abortions in our region are performed in unsafe circumstances. The World Health Organization estimates that one in eight maternal deaths in the region result from unsafe abortions.
Every day in Latin America, 11,452 women risk their lives to have an unsafe abortion. That is why we work closely with our Member Associations to make sure women can obtain the safe abortion services they need. And over the last decade, our local partners have made significant gains in addressing unsafe abortion and advocating for its decriminalization.
Providing women with real options for ending unwanted pregnancies is a critical part of reducing the deaths and injuries that result from unsafe abortions.
Abortion was legalized in Mexico City in 2007, and since then our local partner, Mexfam, has played a critical role in providing high-quality abortion services. Still, stigma and a lack of accurate information are barriers to care. That's why Mexfam launched the Face to Face campaign, where trained health promoters dispel myths about abortion in metro stations as commuters await their train's arrival. They focus their efforts in the busiest stations during the morning and evening times when ridership is at its peak.