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Abortion for raped women and girls: a humanitarian and legal issue

18-10-2013 Statement

This statement explores the humanitarian and legal issues pertaining to abortion for women and girls who become pregnant as a result of rape in armed conflicts. Given at the occasion of the 2013 Bruges Colloquium,it addresses notably the question of whether a "right to abortion" exists in contemporary international law and highlights the ICRC's humanitarian response in favor of women and girls who become pregnant following rape.

Vulnerabilities in armed conflicts: selected issues
14th Bruges Colloquium – October 17 and 18, 2013

Is there a "right to abortion" for women and girls who become pregnant as a result of rape?

Presented by Dr Gloria Gaggioli, ICRC Legal Division