Ireland repeals abortion ban

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Statement from Anu Kumar, Ipas President and CEO: We at Ipas are heartened by the Irish people’s vote to repeal the country’s constitutional amendment criminalizing abortion. It is a true step forward and a lifesaving vote for women. Ireland’s staunch position against abortion has, in fact, been lethal. Savita Hallapanavar’s death after being denied an abortion in Ireland ...

Why abortion?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

When I first learned about the issue of maternal mortality as a student, I remember being shocked at the numbers and shocked at the stark disparity in who is dying. There is a good reason that maternal mortality is used as an indicator of inequality between and within countries. In the United States, we are painfully aware that black women are much more likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth ...

Advancing health through rights: A new agenda for sexual and reproductive health and rights

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Accelerate Progress, a report published today in The Lancet, outlines a bold agenda to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Accelerate Progress emphasizes the need for national governments, international organizations, donors, civil society groups and key stakeholders to adopt a holistic approach to reproductive health services. This approach encompasses the ...

Dr. Anu Kumar is the new President and CEO of Ipas

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Ipas Board of Directors today named Anu Kumar as President and CEO of Ipas, effective immediately. Kumar, an anthropologist and public health expert, joined Ipas in 2002 and has served as Interim President and CEO for the past six months. “We are thrilled Dr. Kumar has accepted this new and challenging role. There is no one better qualified to lead Ipas’s continued work for ...

Major United Nations meetings must advance sexual and reproductive health and rights

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Both the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) meetings are important spaces where countries and advocates work to advance international human rights agreements, including those focused on sexual and reproductive rights. This year, these spaces were more contentious than ever, fueled by the U.S. hardline opposition stance on ...

What factors can impact women’s likelihood to present for abortion after the legal gestation age limit?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

In low- and middle-income countries where abortion has been decriminalized, little research has been done into the question of how many women are unable to access abortion care because they present for treatment past the legal gestational age limit, and which factors might make late presentation more likely. A new study examines these questions and finds that young age, lower levels of education ...