Sexual and reproductive health

Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems

Second edition

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Front cover

Publication details

Number of pages: 132
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English, French, Japenese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian
ISBN: 978 92 4 154843 4


Since first publication of this guidance in 2003, a considerable amount of new data have been produced and published, relating to epidemiological, clinical, service delivery, legal and human rights aspects of providing safe abortion care. This new edition provides policy-makers, programme managers and health-service providers with the latest evidence-based guidance on clinical care. It includes information on how to establish and strengthen services, and outlines a human-rights-based approach to laws and policies on safe, comprehensive abortion care.

Other language versions

First edition (other language versions of the guide)