First study on the incidence of abortion among Ethiopian adolescents released

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A new study by researchers from Ipas and the Guttmacher Institute finds that adolescent women are more likely than older women to seek legal and safe abortion services, since the 2005 expansion on Ethiopia’s abortion law. “Playing it Safe: Legal and Clandestine Abortions Among Adolescents in Ethiopia,” documents the legal and unsafe abortion rates among Ethiopian adolescents ...

Bringing abortion rights to the table at the UN’s 2018 Commission on the Status of Women

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

From March 12-23, world leaders and advocates for women’s rights from around the world will be in New York attending the United Nations’ 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), focusing this year on empowering rural women and girls. Representatives of Ipas will be there, working alongside our partners to ensure that women’s sexual and reproductive ...

Bringing reproductive care to Rohingya refugees

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Since August 2017, around 700,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee their homes in Myanmar. Many Rohingya women now living in refugee camps in Bangladesh are facing an unwanted pregnancy—often the result of rape. Ipas has responded quickly. Learn how we’re working to ensure refugee women can access both safe abortion (called “menstrual regulation” in Bangladesh) and contraceptive care.

Improving contraceptive choice and access for young women in Kenya

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pregnancy at an early age can have long-lasting negative health, economic and social impacts. In Kenya, where the national teen pregnancy rate is 18 percent, the “Choice 4 Change” project is working to help young women aged 15-24 prevent unplanned pregnancies and avert unsafe abortions by increasing contraceptive uptake. The project was launched in 2015 by the Kenyan Ministry of ...

Health systems need to do more to meet postabortion contraceptive needs of young women, study says

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Postabortion contraception is an essential part of comprehensive abortion care. When women are offered contraceptive counseling and methods by a health provider at the time of their abortion in a health facility, they are likely to choose a method, according to a new Ipas study But the study finds that adolescents, who are at particular risk of unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion, are less ...

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 ...