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

In a major step forward for reproductive rights in Bolivia, women and girls can now access safe, legal abortion in the first eight weeks of pregnancy under a broad range of circumstances. This historic law change—enacted today when Acting President Alvaro Garcia Linera signed the nation’s newly revised penal code, which contains specific provisions for legal abortion—comes after ...

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 ...

Anu Kumar speaks to the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Annual Meeting

Monday, October 30, 2017

“The basic building block of democracy is the individual and its currency is power… Power comes in many forms: military power, personal power, economic power, power in the home, at the workplace, in the parliament and in the executive office.  Power is what makes the world go around. And it is precisely what so many women lack,” said Ipas Chief of Strategy and Development, Anu Kumar, connecting reproductive rights, human rights, and democracy in Stockholm.