Health systems need to do more to meet postabortion contraceptive needs of young women, study says

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Postabortion contraception is an essential part of comprehensive abortion care. When women are offered contraceptive counseling and methods by a health provider at the time of their abortion in a health facility, they are likely to choose a method, according to a new Ipas study But the study finds that adolescents, who are at particular risk of unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion, are less ...

Updated UN sexuality education guidance expands abortion content

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A revised edition of the United Nations’ International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education released last week includes significant new recommendations on abortion, as well as new evidence that shows comprehensive sexuality education reduces unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion. The updated guidance provides an opportunity for governments and civil society organizations to ...

Study calls for more focus on womens choices of postabortion contraceptives

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all women be offered a method of contraception on the day of their abortion. Ipas and other rights-based programs also strive to ensure that women’s decisions about contraceptives are fully informed and that women are offered a full range of methods. A recent study in Bangladesh, focusing on short-acting contraceptive methods offered on ...

One key to high-quality abortion care: post-training support for providers

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Very few studies have examined the impact of post-training support for abortion providers on the quality of care they provide. A new Ipas study, published in the journal Reproductive Health, fills that gap. It found that providers who received individualized clinical and programmatic support for the 12 months following their training were more likely to provide an increased and more consistent ...

Legal abortion access greatly expanded in Bolivia

Friday, December 15, 2017

Update:  In response to political pressure and protests against some provisions of the newly enacted penal code, Bolivian President Evo Morales repealed the code in its entirety on Jan. 21, 2018—including the abortion provisions, even though they were not the subject of protests. A renewed effort to revise the code is expected, and Ipas Bolivia will be working alongside our partners to ...

Ipas and IRC partner to combat barriers to abortion care in crisis settings

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Although the need for contraception and safe abortion is heightened in refugee camps and other crisis settings, reproductive health services are often minimal or non-existent, putting women at risk of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion. In Pakistan, Ipas and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) partnered to conduct trainings focused on one of the major barriers to the provision of ...