Midwives matter

Monday, May 04, 2015

This year, on International Day of the Midwife, we salute midwives and their commitment to provide full spectrum care for women—throughout their reproductive lives. The International Confederation of Midwives supports the position that midwives, where permitted, should be trained and equipped to provide safe abortion care to women. And so many midwives agree. Last spring, Ipas sent a ...

In Mexico City, campaign launches to help women learn more about safe, free, legal abortion services

Friday, April 24, 2015

Women living in Mexico’s capital are learning more about how to access safe, free, legal abortion services thanks to a new campaign that includes activities and events throughout the city—plus dissemination of messages about sexual and reproductive rights in marketplaces, beauty salons, buses and bus stations, as well as through a web site, radio spots, social networks like Facebook and Twitter, ...

Clinical mentoring: A two-way learning process that improves abortion care

Friday, April 17, 2015

At many Ipas-supported health facilities around the world, providers newly trained in comprehensive abortion care are getting individualized clinical support as they begin service provision—the instruction, observation, coaching, encouragement and constructive feedback of experienced providers who are serving as clinical mentors. Dr. Francis Bongo of Zambia is one of many Ipas-trained ...

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to hear Beatriz case against El Salvador

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Inter-American Human Rights Commission has accepted a case filed on behalf of Beatriz, a Salvadoran woman who was denied a therapeutic abortion when her pregnancy threatened her health and her life. Beatriz case is exemplary of systematic violation of women’s reproductive rights in El Salvador through state’s policies and laws that don’t allow pregnant women’s access ...

Ipas lauds recognition of two prominent leaders in reproductive rights and abortion research

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ipas celebrates two reproductive rights leaders—Stanley K. Henshaw, PhD, and Willard Cates, Jr., MD, MPH—who have both received awards for lifetime achievement from the Society of Family Planning (SFP). “I’m delighted to see these leaders in sexual and reproductive health and rights recognized for the immense contributions they’ve made over the course of their ...

Complications from unsafe abortion common in Kenya

Monday, March 30, 2015

In Kenya, unsafe abortion has long been recognized as a leading cause of death and injury to women—deaths and injuries that are preventable. Under the new Kenyan constitution, induced abortion can be provided for certain indications. However, the law has not yet been fully operationalized and many providers have not been trained to provide safe abortion care. This means that many of the induced ...