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05 Jun 2019

How to talk about abortion: A guide to rights-based messaging

International Planned Parenthood Federation

Topics:

Community Interventions, Values Clarification and Attitude Transformation, Stigma, Human Rights, Women's rights, Youth, Young people, Toolkit, Non-judgmental services

When talking about safe abortion and post-abortion care programming, it’s vital that we use the right language, delivering messages that are beneficial to the movement to expand access to safe services.

Developed by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, How to talk about abortion: A guide to rights-based messaging provides tangible tips and advice on what to consider when developing materials relating to abortion.

Value-laden language and imagery can increase stigma and encourage inaccuracies. As a result, How to talk about abortion offers examples of positive, rights-based messages, and tips on how to avoid using stigmatizing language and images.

The guide was developed with educators, advocates, programmers, health professionals and policy makers in mind, among others, to help inform the development of a wide range of communications materials, from programming briefs, to policy documents.

The full guide is available to download in English, Spanish, French and Arabic, via the IPPF website.

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