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Position Statement on Abortion
In light of the recent legislation restricting access to safe, legal abortions, AASECT affirms the importance of access to abortion for all people in line with our Vision of Sexual Health, as well many of our partners in sexual health promotion such as the WHO, WAS, and SIECUS. As sexuality professionals, we recognize that decisions about induced abortion have the potential to be difficult and complex. We also recognize that such restrictions place a majority of burden on women of color, transgender men and nonbinary people of color, people of low socioeconomic status, and those who live in rural areas.
Laws that restrict access to safe induced abortions violate the sexual rights outlined by the World Association of Sexual Health (WAS). In their Declaration of Sexual Rights (2014), WAS discussed the “right to the highest attainable standard of health, including sexual health” stating that this includes “the availability, accessibility, and acceptability of quality health services….”
As an organization, AASECT is committed to supporting sexual and reproductive health including access to abortion.
(Board approved 2019)