South Africa’s Minister of Social Development calls for reproductive justice and access to safe abortion

Thursday, July 17, 2014

At a two-day conference held in Johannesburg last month, Ipas global leaders and staff met with key government officials and civil-society partners to explore how best to continue working collaboratively toward a future for sustainable comprehensive abortion care services and to celebrate Ipas’s nearly two decades’ work in South Africa. Calling the conference “timely and ...

Midwives Matter: Spotlight on Victoria Melhado

Monday, July 07, 2014

Victoria Melhado is a midwife in Jamaica. She attended ICM 2014 as one of the six Ipas Young Midwife Contest winners—recognized for her poem, “We are midwives.” Melhado draws comparisons to midwives and the Christian story of the Samaritan. “Certainly the Samaritan has a religious inference but I see it as this, women come to us with expectations that we be there for them; ...

House Committee votes to bring abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers in line with other federal employees, military

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee today approved a measure that would enable Peace Corps volunteers to have what other federal employees and members of the military have: health coverage that covers abortion in cases of rape, incest or threat to life. It was a rare vote to extend abortion coverage in a chamber led by a party opposed to abortion rights. Since 1979, the Peace Corps has been ...

Midwives Matter: Ipas at ICM

Friday, June 20, 2014

At the 30th International Triennial Congress in Prague, abortion care featured prominently in midwives’ efforts to reduce maternal mortality. And the Ipas delegation of 45 midwives from around the world raised their voices in support of the 7th essential competency in midwifery care—the provision of safe abortion as part of the continuum of reproductive health care. Look for more stories from midwives throughout the summer.

India launches new initiatives to improve access to safe abortion care

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The government of India has launched two national initiatives aimed at saving women’s lives by making comprehensive abortion care accessible to more women. Even though India enacted a liberal abortion law more than 40 years ago, an estimated two-thirds of abortions in India are unsafe and a woman dies from complications of unsafe abortion every two hours. The initiatives were launched at a ...

Swedish government approves increased support for Ipas, reaffirms commitment to women's access to safe abortion

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has approved a major four-year grant to Ipas, establishing itself as Ipas’s largest core donor. “Sida has a strong commitment to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, especially in the world’s poorest countries,” said Kerstin Jonsson Cissé, Head of Global Programmes in Sida’s Department for International Organisations ...