Toward safe and legal abortion as a human right in Africa

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

At the end of January 2017, I, along with more than 70 representatives from governments, inter-governmental institutions, national human rights institutions, civil society, medical associations, law enforcement agencies, youth and academia, took part in the Africa Leader’s Summit on Safe, Legal Abortion in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the conference, we committed to decriminalizing ...

Trump decision on Global Gag Rule a blow to women worldwide

Monday, January 23, 2017

More than 22 million women every year—almost all in developing countries—will have an unsafe abortion because they lack access to safe, high-quality abortion care. There are 225 million women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy but lack access to modern contraception. Death from pregnancy-related causes is the second-leading killer of teen girls and women in the global south are ...

Significant progress in Ethiopia

Friday, January 13, 2017

Since the law was liberalized in 2005, the Ethiopian government has taken steps to expand safe abortion care. These efforts have resulted in significant improvements in access to abortion and postabortion care in the country. Although many procedures continue to occur outside health facilities, often under unsafe conditions, the share of abortions that took place in health facilities nearly doubled between 2008 and 2014, according to a national study by the Guttmacher Institute and Ipas.

Help us ensure all women and girls can fulfill their reproductive rights

Thursday, December 22, 2016

In the past fiscal year, we've celebrated some great achievements. In just 12 months, Ipas efforts resulted in more than 580,000 women receiving safe abortion care in almost 5,000 Ipas intervention sites in 17 countries. Will you support this crucial work with a donation today?

A bold agenda for safe abortion in Africa

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Africa Regional Conference on Abortion: From Research to Policy conference, held Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, brought together researchers, policymakers, advocates, health-care providers, youth advocates, journalists, and donors—all focused on reducing the detrimental impact of unsafe abortion on African women, especially young women and girls. The conference ...

In Bolivia, young people use WhatsApp to prevent unwanted pregnancy

Monday, December 12, 2016

The social networking mobile application WhatsApp—which allows users to send messages, create groups of contacts, and share videos and images for free via wireless Internet from their smart phones—is increasingly popular around the world. And in Bolivia, Ipas is finding success using WhatsApp to connect young people with information on sexual and reproductive health and rights. As ...