Chapter 3. Recommendations and best practice statements across the continuum of abortion care

Services applicable across the continuum of care (3.2)

This section covers information, counselling and linkage to additional care or services, any or all of which may be needed or desired before, during and/or after the abortion procedure or process.

The provision of scientifically accurate and easy-to-understand information to all women undergoing an abortion, and non-directive voluntary counselling to anyone who requests it, is a core element of good-quality, human rights-compliant abortion services (see Chapter 1, section 1.3.2). The provision of information and counselling (where desired), as well as access or referrals to other related services, starts pre-abortion but should continue across the continuum of care. In addition, everyone should be provided with all the necessary information to make an informed decision regarding the use of contraception.