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26 Nov 2020

Understanding abortion: a visual resource

International Planned Parenthood Federation


Stigma, Medical Abortion (MA), Surgical Abortion, Counselling

When communicating about safe abortion and post-abortion care, visual resources can support women and providers in overcoming literacy and language barriers. With their new resource, Understanding abortion: a visual resource, IPPF have aimed to address this.

Understanding abortion: a visual resource can be used with a range of different audiences, including people with learning disabilities, to support them in the process of making an informed and consensual decision on pregnancy and abortion.

The resource offers an insight into what the process of having an abortion is like, showing what a young person’s journey would be if they decided to have an abortion.

It is aimed to support community health workers, young people, and others advocating for an increase in knowledge and information around abortion and reducing the stigma surrounding it.

The resource is available in English, French and Spanish:

Understanding Abortion – English

Comprendre l’avortement - Francais

Guia visual para entender el aborto - Espanol

Download the resources below or access it via IPPF’s website. For further information on the resource, including translation into other languages, contact

IPPF hope this tool can support those who require more information and may need to access safe abortion services. The resource can be used on its own or alongside other resources around abortions such as:

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Understanding abortion - English


Comprendre l'avortement - Francais


Guia visual para entender el aborto - Espanol


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