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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New studies show benefits of increasing women’s access to medical abortion in South Africa

Even though abortion is legal in South Africa for a broad range of indications, many women still encounter barriers when trying to access safe abortion care. Medical abortion, or abortion with pills, is not available in all areas of South ... More »

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dispatch from CSW 61

From the 13th-24th of March, world leaders, country delegations and human rights advocates attended the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations. This year’s CSW focused on women’s ... More »

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The crisis of reproductive care in humanitarian settings

An estimated 26 million women and girls of reproductive age live in refugee camps and other crisis settings around the world. They experience increased levels of exploitation, sexual violence and transactional sex, which can lead to ... More »

Monday, March 20, 2017

Signs of progress in the ‘complicated reality’ of abortion in Zambia

Abortion is legal in Zambia, but as the authors of a new study note, “the reality is far more complicated.” Very few women know they have the right to have an abortion or know where to seek this care. Unsafe abortions have ... More »

Friday, March 10, 2017

How does intimate partner violence influence reproductive health?

Research has shown for some time that physical or sexual violence perpetrated by a woman’s husband or sexual partner leads to poor reproductive health outcomes. But two recent Ipas-led studies conducted in Bangladesh shed light on ... More »

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

On International Women's Day, Ipas reflects and resists

Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day. Since the early 1900s, people have celebrated this day, calling for women’s rights, gender equity, peace and progress. In 2017, International Women’s Day will build on the ... More »

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A decade of progress providing safe abortion services in Ethiopia

A new Ipas study shows Ethiopia has greatly improved the availability of safe abortion care throughout the country—a significant accomplishment since the abortion law was liberalized in 2005 and a strong testament to the Ministry of ... More »

Friday, March 3, 2017

Using evidence—and on-the-ground expertise—to improve abortion care quality

When it comes to ensuring women and girls receive high-quality abortion care, Ipas combines the latest evidence with lessons learned in collaboration with health professionals globally to produce broadly relevant and useful clinical ... More »

Friday, March 3, 2017

Ipas issues 2017 updates to clinical abortion recommendations

Ipas’s annual release of Clinical Updates in Reproductive Health continues to offer the most up-to-date, evidence-based clinical recommendations on comprehensive abortion care in English and Spanish (and French coming soon), with new ... More »

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mifepristone restrictions in U.S. and around the world harm women

The overregulation of mifepristone in the United States is not only medically unnecessary, but also harmful to women seeking medical abortion, asserts a commentary published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the ... More »

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Toward safe and legal abortion as a human right in Africa

At the end of January 2017, I, along with more than 70 representatives from governments, inter-governmental institutions, national human rights institutions, civil society, medical associations, law enforcement agencies, youth and ... More »

Monday, January 23, 2017

Trump decision on Global Gag Rule a blow to women worldwide

More than 22 million women every year—almost all in developing countries—will have an unsafe abortion because they lack access to safe, high-quality abortion care. There are 225 million women in developing countries who want to avoid ... More »

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A bold agenda for safe abortion in Africa

The Africa Regional Conference on Abortion: From Research to Policy conference, held Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, brought together researchers, policymakers, advocates, health-care providers, youth advocates, ... More »

Monday, December 12, 2016

In Bolivia, young people use WhatsApp to prevent unwanted pregnancy

The social networking mobile application WhatsApp—which allows users to send messages, create groups of contacts, and share videos and images for free via wireless Internet from their smart phones—is increasingly popular around ... More »

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Abortion rights in Brazil: A big step forward

Recent developments for women’s reproductive rights—amid current political turmoil in Brazil—are cause for celebration. Brazil’s Supreme Court ruling on Nov. 29 established that abortion is not a crime during the ... More »

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Coalition Brings Together Experts for the Africa Regional Conference on Abortion: From Research to Policy

The Africa Regional Conference on Abortion: From Research to Policy will be held from Tuesday, November 29 to Friday, December 2, 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This conference builds on a decade of work linking research to action to ... More »

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Is abortion stigma linked to higher incidence of unsafe abortion?

Communities with a high level of abortion-related stigma may also have a higher incidence of unsafe abortion, according to two recent studies in Kenya. One, published in the Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, surveyed 759 women ... More »

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Trump victory will not deter our fight for women’s rights

Like many around the world, the leadership and staff of Ipas are shocked by last night’s election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States. In sharp contrast to Hillary Clinton, who for decades has championed the ... More »

Monday, November 7, 2016

Research partnership aims to improve youth access to safe abortion and contraception in three African nations

The Medical Research Council of the United Kingdom has announced it will fund a three-year research partnership to explore ways to improve adolescent access to contraception and safe abortion in Malawi, Zambia and Ethiopia. The partnership ... More »

Monday, October 31, 2016

Marking 10 years of Nicaragua’s abortion ban, Ipas releases study on resulting epidemic of ‘child mothers’

On Oct. 26, Ipas Central America and its partners in the region marked 10 years since Nicaragua’s government enacted a total abortion ban, endangering the lives of women and girls and forcing those with unwanted pregnancies to carry ... More »

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