forced abortion


Forced abortion is the intentional termination of pregnancy without the prior and informed consent of the woman. The termination of pregnancy covers any of the various procedures that result in the expulsion of all the products of conception. This covers any abortion that is performed without a fully informed decision taken by the victim. It is a form of harmful practice usually performed on adolescent girls and women who are in a situation of pronounced vulnerability or marginalisation. These girls and women may encounter significant barriers to realising their rights to decide freely on matters affecting their lives, including the right to establish relationships and to decide whether, when, and with whom to have a family.

See also: victim; survivor

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(1) Council of Europe (2011). Explanatory Report to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. Council of Europe Treaty Series No 210; (2) CEDAW and CRC Committees (2014). Sources used in the drafting of the Joint General Recommendation/General Comment No 31 of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and No 18 of the Committee on the Rights of the Child on harmful practices. Available at:; (3) Definition developed by EIGE experts.