There are some priorities that on paper seems like good choices, but when it comes down to the final decision they are discarded as politically too sensitive or morally wrong. Abortion care is one of these priorities. Introducing safe abortion care is cost-effective, it reduces inequalities and gives priority to the worst off, yet many countries have not included safe abortion care in their essential health care packages. Is this ethically right? How do we balance politics against health priorities? And what are the trade-offs? 

In this panel we will discuss how to navigate contested health priorities like abortion care. We will dive into the difficult questions about how health needs and benefits should be weighted against politics and societal norms. The panelist will draw on their experience from different countries both with easy and restricted access to safe abortion care and combine this with the current political agenda on abortion across the globe. 

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