In recognition of the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion on September 28, 2017, Pathfinder International reaffirms its commitment to safe and legal abortion for women everywhere. It is a tragedy that 47,000 women die from complications of unsafe abortion each year. Access to safe, legal abortion is limited—by law, stigma, distance to services, lack of knowledge or understanding about the law, lack of trained providers, and cost. Pathfinder believes access to safe and legal abortion is an integral part of a woman’s right to decide whether and when to have children. We are especially proud to partner with communities to overcome the stigma and barriers that result in higher mortality for young women from unsafe abortion.
On this day of action, Pathfinder and the hundreds of other participating organizations call to increase access to legal and safe abortion so that women and girls around the world can choose their own healthy path forward.