HRC 48: Joint Civil Society Statement on Abortion

Published on September 13, 2021

Please note that an abbreviated version of this statement with the updated number of signatories will be delivered orally on 4 October 2021 at the Human Rights Council.

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We make this statement on behalf of……..organisations and ….individuals. The Vienna Declaration is now 28 years old. The ICPD Programme of Action is now 27 years old. The Beijing Declaration is now 26 years old. And women are still not considered fully human, entitled to the rights enshrined in all these documents. If we were, we would not be dying in the hundreds of thousands every year because of violations to our sexual and reproductive rights. This International Safe Abortion Day, we demand our human rights to free, safe and accessible abortion, NOW. Not after the pandemic, not after the neverending economic crises, not after whatever issue that is considered more important, NOW. Today and every day more than 800 women and girls will die because States do not consider us worthy to enjoy even the most basic human rights.  Each year between 4.7% – 13.2% of maternal deaths can be attributed to unsafe abortion

Maternal mortality estimates per year by the WHO: Afghanistan 7700; Albania 5; Algeria 1200; Andorra no data available; Angola 3000; Antigua and Barbuda 1; Argentina 290;  Armenia 11; Australia  20; Austria 4; Azerbaijan 44; Bahamas 4; Bahrain 3; Bangladesh 5100; Barbados 1; Belarus 3;  Belgium 6; Belize 3; Benin 1600; Bhutan 24; Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 380; Bosnia and Herzegovina 3; Botswana 81; Brazil 1700; Brunei Darussalam 2; Bulgaria 6; Burkina Faso 2400; Burundi 2400; Cabo Verde 6; Cambodia 590; Cameroon 4700; Canada 40; Central African Republic 1400; Chad 7300; Chile 29; China 4900; Colombia 610; Comoros 72; Congo 650; Costa Rica 19; Côte D'Ivoire  5400; Croatia 3; Cuba 42; Cyprus 1; Czech Republic 4; Democratic People's Republic of Korea 310; Democratic Republic of the Congo 16000; Denmark 2; Djibouti 51; Dominican Republic 200; Ecuador 200; Egypt 960; El Salvador 54; Equatorial Guinea 130; Eritrea 510; Estonia 1; Eswatini 130; Ethiopia 14000; Fiji 6; Finland 2; France 56; Gabon 170; Gambia (Republic of The) 520; Georgia 14; Germany 53; Ghana 2700; Greece 2; Guatemala 400; Guinea  2600; Guinea Bissau 440; Guyana 26; Haiti 1300; Honduras 130; Hungary 11; Iceland< 1; India 35000; Indonesia 8600; Iran (Islamic Republic of) 250; Iraq 870; Ireland 3; Israel 5; Italy 7; Jamaica 38; Japan 44; Jordan 100; Kazakhstan 37; Kenya 5000; Kiribati 3; Kuwait 7; Kyrgyzstan 95; Lao People’s Democratic Republic 310; Latvia 4; Lebanon 34; Lesotho 310;  Liberia 1000; Libya 92; Liechtenstein no data available; Lithuania 2; Luxembourg < 1; Madagascar 2800; Malawi 2100; Malaysia 150; Maldives 4; Mali 4400; Malta < 1; Marshall Islands no data available; Mauritania 1100; Mauritius 8; Mexico 740; Micronesia (Federated States of) 2; Monaco no data available; Mongolia 35; Montenegro < 1; Morocco 480; Mozambique 3100; Myanmar 2400; Namibia 140; Nauru no data available; Nepal 1100; Netherlands 9; New Zealand 5; Nicaragua 130; Niger 5100; Nigeria 67000; North Macedonia 2; Norway 1; Oman 17; Pakistan 8300; Palau no data available; Panama 41; Papua New Guinea 340; Paraguay 120; Peru 500; Philippines 2700; Poland 8; Portugal 6; Qatar 2; Republic of Korea 43; Republic of Moldova 8; Romania 36; Russian Federation 320; Rwanda 960; Saint Kitts and Nevis no data available; Saint Lucia 3; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1; Samoa 2;  San Marino no data available; Sao Tome and Principe 9; Saudi Arabia 100; Senegal 1700; Serbia 10; Seychelles 1; Sierra Leone 11; Singapore 4; Slovakia 3; Slovenia 1; Solomon Islands 22; Somalia 5100; South Africa 1400; South Sudan  4500; Spain 14;  Sri Lanka 120;  Sudan 3900; Suriname 13; Sweden 5;  Switzerland 4; Syrian Arab Republic 130; Tajikistan 46; Thailand 270; Timor-Leste 52; Togo 1000; Tonga  1; Trinidad and Tobago 12; Tunisia 90; Turkey 220; Turkmenistan 10; Tuvalu no data available; Uganda 6000; Ukraine 83; United Arab Emirates 3; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 53; United Republic of Tanzania 11000; United States of America 720; Uruguay 8; Uzbekistan 200; Vanuatu 6; Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 670; Viet Nam 700; Yemen 1400; Zambia 1300; Zimbabwe 2100. 

Every country in the world and the UN is implicated in our preventable deaths and morbidity. We demand our human rights to free, safe and accessible abortion NOW.

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