Understanding abortion, a visual resource

This resource aims to fill a gap in communication, reducing literacy and language barriers around abortion messaging. It can be used with a range of different audiences, including people with learning disabilities, to support the audience in the process of making an informed and consensual decision.

The purpose of this is to support community health workers, young people, and others advocating for an increase in knowledge and information on abortion and reducing stigma surrounding these issues. We hope the story told here can support and be a resource for those who require more information and may need to access safe abortion services.

This resource can be used on its own or alongside other IPPF resources around abortion, such as the ‘How to talk about abortion: a guide to rights based messaging’ or ‘How to educate about abortion: A guide for peer educators, teachers and trainers’. In addition, IPPF have produced videos on ‘What is a surgical abortion’ and ‘What is a medical abortion’.

Publication information / Acknowledgements

This guide was published in November 2020.

It was developed by the Packard Abortion Stigma project team at the IPPF Central Office in London and illustrated by Public Health Illustrator, Ian Kloster. The creation process of this guide incorporated valuable feedback and insights from trained health workers, disability rights advocates and reproductive rights activists.

The creators gratefully acknowledge the following organizations and individuals who provided contributions and/or reviewed the guide: IPPF Secretariat team, Change-Advonet, 2+abortions Worlwide, IBIS, Lend A Voice Africa, Dr. Gisela Berger, Sherlina Nageer and David Towell.

IPPF gratefully acknowledges the support of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in developing and disseminating this guide.