Friday, February 13, 2009

New Annotated Bibliography on International Abortion Access

The International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto has published Access to Abortion Reports: An Annotated Bibliography.  From the Introduction:

Toronto This annotated bibliography brings together government reports, non-government reports, and secondary literature that investigate women's access to legal abortion services under different legal regimes. These reports are distinct from reports on the incidence of induced abortion.

Access reports document the implementation or effects of laws regulating access to abortion services.
. Do women have access to the services to which they are legally entitled?
. What barriers impede women's safe and effective access to legal abortion?
. What are the consequences?
. If denied access to legal services, where do women obtain abortion services?

The purpose of this annotated bibliography is to contribute to other efforts to improve understanding of existing gaps between the formal legal regulation of abortion and the operation of laws in practice. The reports are listed alphabetically by region and country. Where reports are unavailable, annotations are based on secondary material. These annotations seek to identify: the report's central thesis; barriers affecting access to safe abortion; consequences of the legal regulation of abortion; and recommendations for legal reform. Restatements of law, where provided, pertain to the law as it was in effect at the time of the report's publication.

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