May 2022

World Health Organization abortion care guidelines: Summary of recommendations on self-managed abortion

Ibis Reproductive Health. World Health Organization abortion care guidelines: Summary of recommendations on self-managed abortion. May 2022.

In March 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) released updated abortion care guidelines based on the most current evidence on abortion care, law, and policy. The updated version of the guidelines contains a range of new recommendations for clinical, service delivery, and law and policy components of abortion care. This brief summarizes the changes to recommendations about self-managed abortion (SMA)  in the guidelines, linking those recommendations to research conducted by Ibis Reproductive Health in close partnership with safe abortion accompaniment groups.