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 ...

Abortion rights in Brazil: A big step forward

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Recent developments for women’s reproductive rights—amid current political turmoil in Brazil—are cause for celebration. Brazil’s Supreme Court ruling on Nov. 29 established that abortion is not a crime during the first trimester of pregnancy and that criminal abortion laws violate women’s fundamental rights. Although this ruling just applies to the case in ...

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 ...