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May 11, 2022

An abortion is a medical procedure that ends a pregnancy. It is a basic healthcare need for millions of women, girls and others who can become pregnant. Worldwide, an estimate 1 in 4 pregnancies end in an abortion every year, according to Amnesty International.

But while the need for abortion is common, access to safe and legal abortion services is far from guaranteed.  

In countries like Iran abortion is illegal. Iranian women conduct unsafe and hidden abortion procedure in private clinics to end their pregnancies.

In this audio oped, Sara Jamshidi compares Iran and the United States of trying to control women’s bodies. In her personal stories, she talks about abortion in Iran and in the United States.