“Implementing and expanding safe abortion care: an international comparative case study of six countries.”

A special supplement of the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics devoted to an international comparative study of 6 countries (Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Portugal, South Africa, and Uruguay) that have recently expanded access to abortion.

Factors facilitating the expansion of services include use of a public health frame, situating abortion as one component of a comprehensive reproductive health package, and including country‐based health and women’s rights organizations, medical and other professional societies, and international agencies and nongovernment organizations in the design and rollout of services. Task sharing and the use of techniques that do not require much infrastructure, such as manual vacuum aspiration and medical abortion, are important for rapid establishment of services, especially in low‐resource settings. Political will emerged as the key factor in establishing or expanding access to safe abortion services.

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