Technical and clinical guidance

Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems  (WHO, 2012)

This publication provides the latest evidence-based guidance on clinical care. It includes information on how to establish and strengthen services, and outlines a human-rights-based approach to laws and policies on safe, comprehensive abortion care.

Clinical Practice Handbook for Safe Abortion (WHO, 2014) 

This reference should be useful to a range of providers in different settings and varying legal and health service contexts; it is oriented to providers who already have the requisite skills and training necessary to provide safe abortion and/or treat complications of unsafe abortion.

Medical Management of Abortion (WHO, 2019) 

These guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for healthcare workers to help ensure high-quality healthcare for those seeking a medical abortion.

Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception

This guideline provides a range of options for expanding health worker roles in the provision of safe abortion care, the management of complications of abortion (also known as post-abortion care in some settings and provided as part of emergency obstetric care) and for post-abortion contraception provision.

Best practice in comprehensive abortion care 

This Best Practice Paper sets out the essential elements of a high-quality abortion care service including comprehensive post-abortion care and contraception, and it includes recommendations to assist policy makers in moving their services forward.

Clinical updates in reproductive health 

These Clinical Updates in Reproductive Health contain concise, up-to-date, evidence-based clinical recommendations on comprehensive abortion care, with new topics and resources added regularly.

Best practice guidance on safe abortion

This website (SafeAccess Hub) provides a collection of evidence-based best practice guides for those working on safe abortion programmes.