Join us this September 28
in Speaking Out Against

Here are 3 easy ways you can get involved:

1. Speak out against #AbortionStigma through the September 28 Virtual Mural 2.0
2. Sign up for the September 28 Thunderclap

3. Endorse the September 28 Manifesto

And for ideas on ways in which you can mobilize and advocate at your local level, check out our video compiling September 28 actions in 2013, as well as this year’s TOOLKIT!

It’s High Time We Lived in a World
Free from Abortion Stigma!

This September 28, the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) in partnership with the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion and La Campaña 28 LAC, [1] are calling on our members, partners and allies all around the world to speak out against abortion stigma.

Abortion – an action undertaken to effectively end a pregnancy – has existed since time immemorial and is a common experience during women’s reproductive and sexual lives.

Research from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that it is likely that the numbers of unsafe abortions will continue to increase unless women’s access to safe abortion and contraception — and support to empower women (including their freedom to decide whether and when to have a child) — are put in place and further strengthened.” 2014 Report of the Secretary-General Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.

Globally, approximately 44 million pregnancies worldwide end in voluntary termination each year.[2] Yet abortion stigma continues to play a critical role in the social, medical, and legal marginalization of abortion care worldwide,[3]constituting one of the main obstacles towards the availability and accessibility of comprehensive abortion information, care and drugs.

The stigma surrounding abortion is complex and pervasive, as well as produced, reproduced and reinforced at individual, community, institutional, cultural, and legal levels. Entire communities stereotype, ostracize and discriminate against individuals who need and seek abortions, as well as women human rights defenders attempting to help individuals to access this human right. The stigma surrounding abortion thus shames and silences individuals seeking abortion, individuals who have had an abortion, and healthcare providers in this line of work. In some cases, moreover, abortion stigma justifies and upholds restrictive and coercive laws criminalizing abortion, thereby serving as a major contributor to unsafe abortions, and subjecting countless persons to grave human rights violations. The stigma surrounding abortion also intersects with pervasive power relations, patriarchal norms, wrongful gender stereotypes,[4] and privileged identity markers, entailing that safe abortion services are rendered even less accessible for certain groups, among them adolescents, unmarried young women, individuals of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity, and other groups living in vulnerable situations. Abortion stigma is so pervasive that it has rendered access to safe and legal abortion virtually untalked about in intergovernmental spaces, as the international community sets out to establish the New Development Agenda which will replace the Millennium Development Goals ending in 2015.

In all of these ways and operating at different, intersecting levels, abortion stigma infringes upon peoples’ human rights, among them the right to bodily and psychological integrity, the right to autonomy, the right to health and the right to life free from harm.

As such, this September 28 we’re speaking out against #abortionstigma!

Join us in holding government leaders accountable to their existing commitments on access to safe and legal abortion, and advocating for the inclusion of safe and legal abortion in the Post-2015 Agenda!

Diverse Actions, Different Places, One Demand:

Access to Safe & Legal Abortion NOW!

To report your planned or implemented action,
please go to


September 28 Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion forms part of the campaign activities undertaken by  International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion, that aims to build an international movement to promote universal access to safe, legal abortion as a women’s health and human rights issue. As part of the International Campaign Advisory Group, WGNRR leads the coordination of September 28 annual campaigning activities, conducted by Campaign and WGNRR members, as well as allies around the world.September 28 has been a regional campaign for decriminalization of abortion in Latin America and Caribbean for nearly twenty years before being taken on by SRHR activists all over the world as a Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion in 2011.

[1] Campaña 28 de Septiembre, Día por la Despenalización del Aborto en América Latina y El Caribe
[2] Guttmacher Institute, Facts on Induced Abortions Worldwide, retrieved 16 August 2014.

[3] Inroads, Why Abortion Stigma, retrieved 28August 2015. (For more information and to get involved in the eradication of abortion stigma, please visit
[4] Please see Simone Cusack and Rebecca Cook’s “Stereotyping Women in the Health Sector: Lessons from CEDAW,” Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice 16.1 (Fall 2010): 47-78, retrieved 27 August 2014.