Coalition for Reproductive Health and Safe Abortion



Constituted in 2006, CommonHealth is a rights-based, multi-state coalition of organization and individuals that advocates for increased access to sexual and reproductive health care and services to improve health conditions of women and marginalized communities. Within sexual and reproductive health and rights, Common-Health concentrates its efforts largely on Maternal health and Safe abortion. The coalition draws its membership from diverse disciplines, thematic areas and geographies within the country.

CommonHealth’s Achievements

Dead Women Talking, a study of maternal deaths carried out in different parts of the country, emerged as the most impactfull work as it increased visibility of maternal deaths – both nationally and globally. The study resulted in the incorporation of Maternal Death Reviews as one of the responsibilities of a number of district level health committees.

Common-Health pioneered the “Creating Common Ground” agenda for activists working to prevent sex-selection and those working to promote access to safe abortion, in order to expand the constituency supporting the demand for safe abortion services.

The coalition contributed to the civil society shadow report for the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, Universal Periodic Review, Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.

Common Health’s Advocates’ Guide for Rights-based Contraceptive Services will soon be converted into a tool to monitor the service provision of contraceptives in different settings.

Timely information is provided to members in the form of factsheets and through the Common Health listserv.

CommonHealth Blogs

Why do Indian women need safe abortion services?

Author: Bhuvaneswari Sunil, PhD

Autonomy and Abortion Access

Author: Dr Suchitra Dalvie MD,MRCOG

Victims twice over: Pregnancy due to sexual abuse and forced motherhood due to failed justice

Author: Dr. TK Sundari Ravindran

Concerns Emerging From Women’s Perspectives On Abortion Services

Ms. Manushi Sheth, Coordinator, SAHAJ (Vadodara, Gujarat)