Abortion Laws Around the World

Check out this map by the Center for Reproductive Rights. It maps abortion laws around the world and details the specific parameters each country has for allowing women the right to govern their health. There are some obvious facts — most of the Middle East outlaws it entirely even in cases where the procedure would save a woman’s life — and some surprises, such as the fact that women in Japan must obtain a spouse’s consent to have an abortion and in Ireland it’s only legal if a woman’s life is at risk. All in all it proves there is still a lot of work to be done in this fight for fairness and freedom.



  1. Abortion has nothing to do with health care, because pregnancy isn’t an illness.

    • Heather Wood Rudulph says:

      Reproductive care and women’s health are absolutely intertwined. Pregnant women need medical care before, during and after they conceive to have a healthy child–and be properly cared for themselves. And women in need of abortions should have access to safe, clean, efficient medical professionals to handle the procedure. But we’re also talking about women’s rights here. When a country tells women they can’t control their bodies, the issue is indeed much larger than healthcare. But when a woman dies at the hands of a nonprofessional because she has nowhere else to turn–or due to complications from not having the procedure she needed because the law forbade it–it’s a health, human and moral issue.

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