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Cook Islands Women’s Wellbeing in the Context of Abortion

This report is based on qualitative research with women who had accessed or tried to access abortion services, advocates, support people, and health workers conducted in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, and with a health worker in Aotearoa New Zealand, between February and mid-August 2022. The report details the key findings from the research organised in three parts: sexual and reproductive health education and services available to women from the Cook Islands; Cook Islands women’s experiences accessing abortion services; and navigating and resisting shame, and experiences of support in the Cook Islands. This report concludes with a summary of the report and findings.