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Public Funding for Abortion Where Broadly Legal

Nearly half of the countries with liberal or liberally interpreted abortion laws had public funding for abortion, including most countries that liberalized their abortion law in the past 20 years. Outliers remain, however, including among developed countries where access to abortion may be limited due to affordability.

Study Design

From May 2011–February 2012 and from June 2013–December 2014, Ibis Reproductive Health, along with ANSIRH’s Dan Grossman, investigated public funding policies for abortion in countries with liberal or liberally interpreted laws (defined as permitting abortion for economic or social reasons or upon request). They categorized countries as follows: full funding for abortion (provided for free at government facilities, covered under state-funded health insurance); partial funding (partially covered by the government, covered for certain populations based on income or non-income criteria, or less expensive in public facilities); funding for exceptional cases (rape/incest/fetal impairment, health/life of the woman or other limited cases) and no public funding.

Read more about the study and explore the interactive map.