What is reproductive choice?
Reproductive choice means the power to decide if or when to become pregnant, with access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, including contraception and abortion care.
A world of opportunities opens when women and girls have choice. Reproductive choice protects health and saves lives. Choice supports access to education, it enables women to lead, and it helps build a more equal world for everyone.
When you give someone reproductive choice, you give them the power to determine their own future – and that benefits everyone.
Holding the line on reproductive rights
Last year, the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, removing the right to abortion in the United States. The decision sent shockwaves around the world and showed both the importance and fragility of these hard-won rights.
This year – in the same week as Choice Week – anti-choice protestors will gather outside abortion clinics globally, including in the UK, US, Mexico and Australia, to harass and intimidate those providing and accessing abortion care. These events are a reminder that reproductive choice can never be taken for granted.
Despite these attacks, it’s clear that globally, progress is winning. As of 2022, over the past two of decades, only four countries have rolled back abortion rights while 59 countries have expanded them.
Countries like Ethiopia, Nepal, Cambodia, and several countries across Latin America have seen the data and made the evidence-based decision to expand abortion access. When Nepal made abortion legal, they saw a staggering 72% decrease in maternal deaths from unsafe abortion.
The progress we're seeing may not be fast enough, but it's happening. With more individuals, organisations and leaders deciding to #StandForChoice, more progress can be made and more lives can be saved.