Is abortion stigma linked to higher incidence of unsafe abortion?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Communities with a high level of abortion-related stigma may also have a higher incidence of unsafe abortion, according to two recent studies in Kenya. One, published in the Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, surveyed 759 women receiving abortion services in private and public health facilities in two counties—one located in a region with a high rate of unsafe abortion, the ...

Trump victory will not deter our fight for women’s rights

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Like many around the world, the leadership and staff of Ipas are shocked by last night’s election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States. In sharp contrast to Hillary Clinton, who for decades has championed the human rights of women and girls, including the right to safe and legal abortion, Trump has never held public office and led a campaign that included an ...

Research partnership aims to improve youth access to safe abortion and contraception in three African nations

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Medical Research Council of the United Kingdom has announced it will fund a three-year research partnership to explore ways to improve adolescent access to contraception and safe abortion in Malawi, Zambia and Ethiopia. The partnership brings together Ipas, the London School of Economics, the African Institute for Development Policy, the University of Zambia and the Malawi Law ...

Marking 10 years of Nicaragua’s abortion ban, Ipas releases study on resulting epidemic of ‘child mothers’

Monday, October 31, 2016

On Oct. 26, Ipas Central America and its partners in the region marked 10 years since Nicaragua’s government enacted a total abortion ban, endangering the lives of women and girls and forcing those with unwanted pregnancies to carry them to term against their will or seek clandestine and often unsafe abortions. In Nicaragua’s capital, Managua, Ipas presented a study titled ...

‘Thank you for believing in young leaders’

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Claudia Martinez Lopez, a 2016 recipient of Ipas’s Maguire Fellowship, has a simple message for all donors who supported the program—as well as the mentors, colleagues and new-found friends who guided the fellows during their international work placements earlier this year: “Thank you for believing in young leaders.” The Maguire Fellowship for Young Leaders, an ...

Postabortion contraception findings point to 'tremendous opportunity' to improve uptake

Monday, September 26, 2016

A new, large-scale study by Ipas finds that offering women contraceptive counselling and a choice of methods at the time of abortion can significantly improve contraceptive uptake, even in settings where contraceptive prevalence is low. Its findings underscore a “tremendous opportunity” to reduce the unmet need for contraception, reduce unintended pregnancy and decrease unsafe abortion.