Global Resources

Abortion Laws and Sexual Violence

Publisher: Center for Reproductive Rights
Publication Date: Jan 2013

When sexual violence results in pregnancy, women and girls must often face the risk of unsafe abortions and suffer severe mental and physical traumas in countries with restrictive abortion laws. This briefing paper from the Center for Reproductive Rights highlights the consequences sexual violence can have on women’s physical and mental health.

The briefing paper provides an overview of abortion restrictions around the world. Sixty countries worldwide permit abortion without restriction as to reason. Other countries have different restrictions in place, such as permitting abortion if the life or health of the woman is at risk, based on socioeconomic grounds or when women fall pregnant after being raped.