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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Updated UN sexuality education guidance expands abortion content

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 ... More »

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Study calls for more focus on women's choices of postabortion contraceptives

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all women be offered a method of contraception on the day of their abortion. Ipas and other rights-based programs also strive to ensure that women’s decisions about contraceptives ... More »

Thursday, January 4, 2018

One key to high-quality abortion care: post-training support for providers

Very few studies have examined the impact of post-training support for abortion providers on the quality of care they provide. A new Ipas study, published in the journal Reproductive Health, fills that gap. It found that providers who ... More »

Monday, December 18, 2017

Behind the scenes of Bolivia’s historic abortion law change

On Dec. 15, 2017, Bolivia made history by expanding provisions for legal abortion. But historic law change like this doesn't happen overnight. Since 2009, Ipas Bolivia has trained and informed advocates for sexual and reproductive rights ... More »

Friday, December 15, 2017

Legal abortion access greatly expanded in Bolivia

In a major step forward for reproductive rights in Bolivia, women and girls can now access safe, legal abortion in the first eight weeks of pregnancy under a broad range of circumstances. This historic law change—enacted today when ... More »

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ipas and IRC partner to combat barriers to abortion care in crisis settings

Although the need for contraception and safe abortion is heightened in refugee camps and other crisis settings, reproductive health services are often minimal or non-existent, putting women at risk of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe ... More »

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Reproductive health assistance for Rohingya refugees

In partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Ipas Bangladesh is working to strengthen reproductive health services for Rohingya refugees at two camps and six government health facilities in Cox’s Bazar District in ... More »

Friday, September 22, 2017

Dr. Victoria Ramirez joins the call for legal abortion in El Salvador

Since she was a child, Dr. Victoria Ramirez knew she wanted to be a doctor so she could help others. Now, as a practicing OB-GYN in El Salvador, she’s one of a growing number of doctors and other health professionals working to ... More »

Friday, September 22, 2017

Doctors as champions for abortion rights

A movement for safe, legal abortion in El Salvador has been building in recent years, and doctors like Ipas’s Dr. Guillermo Ortiz are also starting to speak out. As an OB-GYN who practiced for more than 20 years under the ... More »

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Promising new evidence on the safe use of medical abortion by women and health volunteers

Can women accurately self-assess their eligibility for medical abortion? New research from Nepal indicates that, with some simple guidance, they can—a finding with broad implications for the growing question of how much medical ... More »

Monday, August 21, 2017

A major step forward in Chile

On Monday, August 21, Chile’s Constitutional Court voted in favor of lifting the total ban on abortion in the country. The measure legalizes abortion in cases where the woman’s life is in danger, when the fetus is not viable and in cases ... More »

Monday, August 7, 2017

What are the ‘foreseeable harms’ of the Trump global gag rule? A commentary looks at the evidence.

Under President Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule, U.S. government agencies have been directed to apply an unprecedented global anti-abortion policy that will require foreign NGOs to choose between receiving U.S. funding and providing ... More »

Friday, July 14, 2017

Know the abortion laws and policies in your country? A new global resource can tell you

An open-access database of comprehensive information on global abortion laws and policies has been launched jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Population Division of the United Nations (UN) Department of Social and ... More »

Thursday, July 6, 2017

‘Twittazo’ in Bolivia marks milestone in the fight for women’s right to safe abortion

A social media initiative promoting the decriminalization of abortion in Bolivia scored international attention and the country’s first feminist hashtag to trend widely on Twitter: #DespenalizaMiDecisión (or ... More »

Thursday, June 22, 2017

UN Special Rapporteur recommends repeal of criminal abortion laws

In her first report as UN Special Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard recommends the repeal of all criminal abortion laws. Her message is clear: When women die from unsafe abortion, governments may be responsible for arbitrary killing. Callamard ... More »

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ipas partners with DKT International to expand access to safe abortion in 100+ countries

Ipas and DKT International announced this month an exclusive partnership in which the Ipas Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) technology will be licensed to DKT for global distribution, furthering their joint mission of providing safe and ... More »

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Global gag rule expansion plan will be disastrous for women

On Monday, 15 May, 2017, the U.S. State Department announced a plan for implementing President Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule. The announced plan directs government agencies to apply an unprecedented global anti-abortion policy that will ... More »

Friday, May 5, 2017

New evidence from India on ways to improve safe abortion access and knowledge

Abortion has been legal in India since 1971, yet in this sprawling country of more than one billion people, progressive laws do not guarantee access to safe abortion services. An estimated 50 percent of abortions performed in India are ... More »

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Could women safely buy and use abortion pills without ever seeing a health provider?

A new article by researchers from Ipas and Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), lays out a regulatory pathway for medical abortion to be made available without a ... More »

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 »

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