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. 

Reproductive health assistance for Rohingya refugees

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

In partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Ipas Bangladesh is working to strengthen reproductive health services for Rohingya refugees at two camps and six government health facilities in Cox’s Bazar District in Bangladesh. In recent weeks, nearly 400,000 Rohingya fleeing a brutal campaign of persecution by government military forces in Myanmar have crossed the border ...

Doctors as champions for abortion rights

Friday, September 22, 2017

A movement for safe, legal abortion in El Salvador has been building in recent years, and doctors like Ipas’s Dr. Guillermo Ortiz are also starting to speak out. As an OB-GYN who practiced for more than 20 years under the country’s total abortion ban, Ortiz has long seen the ban’s harmful impact on women’s lives and health. Among many heartrending cases he oversaw was ...

Promising new evidence on the safe use of medical abortion by women and health volunteers

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Can women accurately self-assess their eligibility for medical abortion? New research from Nepal indicates that, with some simple guidance, they can—a finding with broad implications for the growing question of how much medical oversight of the medical abortion process is needed. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, is the first to examine women’s ability to self-determine ...