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Friday, February 27, 2015

Study finds OB-GYNs in Mexico feel stigmatized, would benefit from training on safe legal abortion

Gynecologists and obstetricians in Mexico vary greatly in their knowledge, attitudes and practices related to abortion—and would benefit from training on the legal grounds for abortion in Mexico and clinical best practices for ... More »

Thursday, February 12, 2015

New guidance for upholding reproductive rights in Africa

The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights has just released General Comment No 2 to help governments interpret the rights to abortion and family planning under the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa. General Comment ... More »

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

One year after Bolivia removed legal barriers to abortion, Ipas trains police on women’s new rights

One year after Bolivia’s highest court ruled to end the requirement for judicial authorization for women seeking legal abortion in Bolivia, Ipas and partners are hard at work ensuring law enforcement officers, health workers and ... More »

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Regional trainings bolster providers’ ability to offer IUDs and contraceptive implants after abortion

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants—sometimes known as long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)—are the most effective methods of contraception and are safe to use immediately after an abortion. However, misconceptions ... More »

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Meet the expert: Up-to-date clinical guidance on abortion

Dr. Mark and her team of clinical experts recently published the third annual updated version of Ipas’s Clinical Updates in Reproductive Health. This resource offers providers, health systems staff, community-based organizations and ... More »

Monday, January 26, 2015

NGOs from around the world call on President Obama to fix the Helms Amendment

On January 22nd, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in the United States, more than 143 organizations from 34 countries, including many with global and regional reach, called on President Barack Obama to ... More »

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The ‘go-to’ training curriculum for abortion care: Ipas’s newly revised Woman-Centered, Comprehensive Abortion Care training package

The second edition of Ipas’s Woman-Centered, Comprehensive Abortion Care training package is available for download and order. This second edition has been revised in accordance with the WHO's Safe abortion: Technical and policy ... More »

Monday, January 12, 2015

New from Ipas: Training guide for future health professionals

Young people studying to be health professionals will become the leaders who shape women’s reproductive health policies and services in the years to come. The problem: Abortion is a critical but often neglected topic in health science ... More »

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Safe abortion campaign airs on radio and television in India

Abortion is legal in India yet despite that, one woman in India dies due to abortion-related complications every two hours. To raise awareness, the government of India has launched India’s first ever mass media campaign on making ... More »

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Legal reform in Mozambique widens access to safe abortion care

Mozambique has liberalized its abortion law with the goal of reducing maternal mortality by significantly broadening women’s access to safe abortion care. The groundbreaking legislation was approved by the Parliament in July as part of a ... More »

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Intervention in Ghana helps increase safe abortion care

In 2006, in response to high maternal mortality and morbidity rates driven largely by unsafe abortion, the Ghanaian government implemented R3M, “Reducing Maternal Mortality and Morbidity,” a program to train providers in abortion care, ... More »

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ipas applauds abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers

Ipas leaders applauded today as President Obama signed into law a spending bill that loosens restrictions around abortion for women in the Peace Corps. Under the new bill, the Peace Corps will cover abortion care for women who have been ... More »

Friday, December 12, 2014

African Governments affirm support for women's rights, safe abortion

This week the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, UN Women and the African Union together released the Addis Ababa Declaration on Accelerating the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, the outcome document from the ... More »

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

African musicians lend a creative voice to the fight against unsafe abortion

Musicians in two African nations are joining forces with Ipas and other reproductive rights advocates to raise awareness about the dangers of unsafe abortion. In Malawi, the Coalition for the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion (COPUA) ... More »

Friday, November 21, 2014

Unsafe abortion, and complications, too common in Malawi

In countries like Malawi, where safe abortion is restricted or not available, women often turn to clandestine and unsafe abortions when faced with an unintended pregnancy. However, abortion isn’t uncommon—roughly 67,300 induced abortions ... More »

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Meet the expert: Measuring abortion stigma

Kristen Shellenberg, PhD, Ipas senior research advisor Dr. Shellenberg recently co-edited a special issue of Women and Health on abortion stigma. The special issue also features “Developing a Scale to Measure Stigmatizing Attitudes and ... More »

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Global leaders seek US leadership on abortion policy

In the "Helms Amendment hurts women" video, released on Nov. 11, leaders from Africa and Asia underscored the importance of U.S. leadership in addressing unsafe abortion, a leading cause of maternal mortality and morbidity in developing ... More »

Monday, November 10, 2014

India poised to expand women’s access to safe, legal abortion

More women in India may soon be able to access safe, legal abortion services if a proposed amendment to the country’s Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act becomes law. The government of India is currently reviewing an amendment that ... More »

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Making high-quality abortion care a priority—even in the world’s most remote regions

How does quality improvement become part of the routine, ongoing process of providing abortion-related care? At Ipas-supported training and service delivery sites around the world, that question is getting special attention—and the effort ... More »

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In Sierra Leone, Ebola has a devastating effect on women

Despite improvements in the last several years, Sierra Leone’s maternal mortality ratio is one of the worst in the world. Now, the outbreak of Ebola further threatens the health of women and their families in Sierra ... More »

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