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Global Abortion Laws relating to Self-Managed Abortion

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Self-managed abortion with pills has significantly changed the way safe and effective abortions can be obtained. While the practice is on the rise around the world, many countries impose significant legal restrictions on abortion access. These laws regulate various aspects of abortion provision, including: the grounds upon which individuals are permitted to obtain an abortion; who may provide an abortion; the tests that health professionals are required to administer before an abortion may be provided; and where an abortion is legally permitted to take place. In addition, certain countries also impose criminal penalties on individuals who participate in unlawful abortions, including on pregnant people seeking abortion. This dataset displays key features of abortion laws as they relate to self-managed abortion in 180 countries and 40 sub-national jurisdictions including in Australia and Mexico, all in effect as of June 1, 2019.

Disclaimer: The information contained herein does not constitute legal advice. If you have questions regarding your legal rights or obligations, please contact an attorney. Legal text was referenced through the WHO Global Abortion Policies Database. The legal text included in this dataset has been translated to the English language. Note, these translations are unofficial and may contain discrepancies from the original legal text.

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Dataset Details Supporting Documents
Created by Center for Public Health Law Research and Ipas Data
Valid through June 1, 2019 Codebook
Jurisdictions: 180 countries and 40 sub-national jurisdictions Protocol