The global movement for safe, legal abortion

Thursday, September 22, 2016

When abortion is a crime, women suffer—along with their families and communities. But advocates for women’s health and rights around the world are increasingly successful at breaking down the laws and other barriers that keep women from accessing safe abortion.

The youth-friendly corner

Monday, August 29, 2016

What do you call a private space staffed by dedicated young volunteers where youth can come for counseling and referrals for sexual and reproductive health services, including safe abortion? A “youth-friendly corner,” naturally. And within clinics across Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, these specially tailored spaces are making a real difference.

Using street theater to teach about safe abortion

Friday, August 19, 2016

These amazing young Zambians have found a creative way to teach their community about safe abortion. Check out this photo story and video!

Youth at the center

Friday, August 12, 2016

For International Youth Day, we're focused on what it looks like to put youth at the center of programs to improve their sexual and reproductive health. In this story, Ipas's Nana Zulu explains her work with young leaders in Zambia.

Nepal parliament ensures free abortion services for all women

Monday, August 8, 2016

On August 8th, the parliament of Nepal voted to approve its FY17 budget, which for the first time includes funding for safe abortion care. The funding ensures implementation of a key provision of a 2009 court decision guaranteeing access to services for all women of Nepal. “This budget allocation represents a significant step forward in our government’s efforts to guarantee women’s reproductive ...

Expert group urges updated definition and measurement of unsafe abortion

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A group of reproductive health experts has recommended that the World Health Organization (WHO) update the way it defines and measures “unsafe” abortion. Since the 1990s, WHO has defined unsafe abortion as those performed either by individuals lacking the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards, or both. Operationally, however, unsafe abortion has ...