UN Special Rapporteur recommends repeal of criminal abortion laws

Thursday, June 22, 2017

In her first report as UN Special Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard recommends the repeal of all criminal abortion laws. Her message is clear: When women die from unsafe abortion, governments may be responsible for arbitrary killing.

Ipas partners with DKT International to expand access to safe abortion in 100+ countries

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ipas and DKT International announced this month an exclusive partnership in which the Ipas Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) technology will be licensed to DKT for global distribution, furthering their joint mission of providing safe and high-quality family planning and abortion care for the estimated 56 million women worldwide who choose to have an abortion each year. Formerly, distribution of the ...

Global gag rule expansion plan will be disastrous for women

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

On Monday, 15 May, 2017, the U.S. State Department announced a plan for implementing President Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule. The announced plan directs government agencies to apply an unprecedented global anti-abortion policy that will require foreign NGOs to choose between receiving U.S. funding and providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care. Under the expanded policy, ...

New evidence from India on ways to improve safe abortion access and knowledge

Friday, May 5, 2017

Abortion has been legal in India since 1971, yet in this sprawling country of more than one billion people, progressive laws do not guarantee access to safe abortion services. An estimated 50 percent of abortions performed in India are unsafe. With an eye toward reducing deaths caused by unsafe abortion, two recent studies in India explored ways to improve women’s access to and knowledge of ...

Could women safely buy and use abortion pills without ever seeing a health provider?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A new article by researchers from Ipas and Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), lays out a regulatory pathway for medical abortion to be made available without a prescription. The paper, which identifies the evidence needed to determine whether women can safely access non-prescription medical abortion, also suggests that ...

New studies show benefits of increasing women’s access to medical abortion in South Africa

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Even though abortion is legal in South Africa for a broad range of indications, many women still encounter barriers when trying to access safe abortion care. Medical abortion, or abortion with pills, is not available in all areas of South Africa and has the potential to greatly improve women’s abortion access. Two new articles by researchers from Ibis Reproductive Health, Ipas, the ...