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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Expert group urges updated definition and measurement of unsafe abortion

A group of reproductive health experts has recommended that the World Health Organization (WHO) update the way it defines and measures “unsafe” abortion. Since the 1990s, WHO has defined unsafe abortion as those performed either by ... More »

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A win for women--U.S. Supreme Court defends abortion rights

The U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Texas law placing undue requirements on abortion clinics is a significant victory not only for women in the United States, but for women around the world. It highlights both the importance of ... More »

Monday, June 20, 2016

Too often neglected--safe abortion care in crisis settings

World Refugee Day, observed on June 20 each year, was established by the United Nations more than 15 years ago to call attention to the plight of millions of people worldwide who live in refugee camps and other crisis settings, driven from ... More »

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ipas stands in solidarity against hate crimes

The shooting rampage in a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was a horrendous instance of violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. “This atrocious act of violence was a deliberate attack against members of a ... More »

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Study explores use of mobile technology to help women self-assess their eligibility for early medical abortion

New research from South Africa suggests that women can use mobile devices, such as phones or tablets, to accurately assess their eligibility for medical abortion via an online gestational age calculator. Findings from the Ipas-funded ... More »

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ipas mourns the passing of Zambia Country Director Edford Mutuma

Edford Mutuma, who died Monday, May 30, was a champion and tireless advocate for the reproductive rights of women and young people. It was Ipas’s privilege to have Edford serve as the Country Director for Zambia – he brought more than 15 ... More »

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Video highlights Brazil’s restrictive abortion laws and the Zika virus

“I followed my heart and my doctor’s advice for my survival,” said Marina Leite after having an abortion in Brazil, a country where abortion, in most circumstances, is regarded as a criminal act. Leite’s ... More »

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Police as partners in improving abortion access

Police officers can be important allies in efforts to improve women’s access to safe abortion care. Ipas has worked with police in Ghana and other countries since 2009, and in the newly published manual, A Practical Guide for ... More »

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

News stories highlight need for abortion law reform in Sierra Leone

Shame, stigma and restrictive laws often force young women like Memunatu Kamara in Al Jazeera’s article, “The women dying for an abortion in Sierra Leone,” to turn to traditional practitioners to help end unwanted ... More »

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

In Bolivia, Ipas trains police and judicial workers on legal provisions for abortion

Ipas Bolivia has launched a new initiative to increase women’s access to safe, legal abortion services in the public health system—an important step forward just two years after Bolivia’s highest court ruled to end a ... More »

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Ipas and partners stress harms of criminal abortion laws in Latin America

The Inter-American Dialogue, a leading U.S. and foreign policy think tank, this week brought together Ipas and partners to raise awareness of a persistent human rights concern: Across Latin America, laws that make abortion a crime are ... More »

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

‘Clear and promising’ opportunities for expanding abortion care in francophone West Africa

With a new report concluding there is “a vast unmet need” for safe, induced abortion care in francophone West Africa, Ipas is stepping up work with national and international partners to expand comprehensive abortion care (CAC) ... More »

Friday, March 25, 2016

Ipas mourns the loss of Ward Cates, international leader in sexual and reproductive health

Ipas is saddened by the death of Willard (Ward) Cates, Jr., MD, MPH, an esteemed colleague and pioneer in the field of sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Cates was president emeritus of research and a distinguished scientist at FHI 360, ... More »

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Nepal study finds auxiliary nurse midwives can successfully provide medical abortion care

At a time when the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging an expansion of health worker roles in the provision of abortion care, a new study from Ipas finds that a program in Nepal to train auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) in medical ... More »

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

New report from Ipas and Ibis on impact of Helms and Hyde Amendments

Ipas and Ibis Reproductive Health have published the first inclusive report on how the Helms and Hyde Amendments limit women’s access to abortion both in the United States and abroad. The report highlights the ways in which the Amendments ... More »

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Why is Ipas attending the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women?

From March 14-24, world leaders and advocates for women’s rights from around the world will be in New York attending the United Nations’ sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, focusing this year on ... More »

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ipas issues 2016 updates to clinical abortion guidance

Ipas’s fourth annual publication of Clinical Updates in Reproductive Health continues to offer the most up-to-date, evidence-based recommendations on comprehensive abortion care—and three new topics were added in 2016. The ... More »

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Zika epidemic highlights women’s access to safe abortion as a basic human right

Near the end of January, several governments in Latin America and the Caribbean called for women to delay pregnancy until the Zika virus is no longer a threat. These recommendations came after increasing evidence that shows a potential ... More »

Monday, February 1, 2016

The American Public Health Association adopts new policies on abortion and contraception

At its Annual Meeting in November 2015, the American Public Health Association (APHA) adopted three new far-reaching statements to support access to abortion and contraception and promote reproductive justice. The statements include a ... More »

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

In Malawi, access to safe, legal abortion could lower health system costs

Health complications from unsafe abortion are preventable. Access to safe abortion doesn’t just give women the ability to exercise their rights—it saves lives. And increasing access to safe abortion can also save countries ... More »

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