The continuum of abortion care: Serving women in the second trimester

Women who present in the second trimester are at higher risk of morbidity and mortality, especially in places where abortion is restricted and unsafe abortion is prevalent. Caring for women who need second trimester services, whether for safe abortion or after unsafe abortion, is an opportunity to save women’s lives.

Earlier this week, on Wednesday, May 9, the PAC Consortium hosted a webinar with partners from Ipas and Gynuity to explore second trimester PAC. The webinar, “The continuum of abortion care: Serving women in the second trimester,” discussed the epidemiology of second trimester abortion, reviewed clinical vignettes, presented evidence-based guidelines for second trimester safe abortion and postabortion care, and talked about introducing second trimester services in health systems using Ethiopia as an example.

Additional resources related to second trimester PAC are listed below.

Second trimester PAC resources