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Monday, April 9, 2018

‘VCAT’ interventions effective at improving abortion knowledge and attitudes, study says

For more than a decade, Ipas has conducted workshops around the world to encourage health providers, policymakers and others to reflect on their values and attitudes toward abortion and consider the consequences when safe abortion services ... More »

Monday, April 2, 2018

Meet Sharmin Sultana, an Ipas expert on the ground in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps

As Ipas has moved quickly in recent months to respond to the reproductive health needs of Rohingya refugees flowing into Bangladesh, Sharmin Sultana’s work has brought her repeatedly to the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar ... More »

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

UK parliamentary group takes strong stance on abortion

On March 8, International Women’s Day, the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Population, Development and Reproductive Health released a report calling for the UK government to support safe abortion at home and abroad. In ... More »

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Voice and text messages help women in Bangladesh make contraceptive choices, study finds

Public health organizations are increasingly using mobile health (mHealth) interventions to target specific audiences with personalized health information. In Bangladesh, an Ipas study used mHealth messaging to determine what family ... More »

Thursday, March 15, 2018

First study on the incidence of abortion among Ethiopian adolescents released

A new study by researchers from Ipas and the Guttmacher Institute finds that adolescent women are more likely than older women to seek legal and safe abortion services, since the 2005 expansion on Ethiopia’s abortion law. ... More »

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Bringing abortion rights to the table at the UN’s 2018 Commission on the Status of Women

From March 12-23, world leaders and advocates for women’s rights from around the world will be in New York attending the United Nations’ 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), focusing this year on ... More »

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Theater and performances are reaching Kenyan young people with reproductive health information

Stage Media is a group of 15 young people who have found their calling in entertainment that enlightens the community on sexual and reproductive health issues in Bungoma County in western Kenya. Using radio plays and other types of ... More »

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Improving contraceptive choice and access for young women in Kenya

Pregnancy at an early age can have long-lasting negative health, economic and social impacts. In Kenya, where the national teen pregnancy rate is 18 percent, the “Choice 4 Change” project is working to help young women aged ... More »

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Health systems need to do more to meet postabortion contraceptive needs of young women, study says

Postabortion contraception is an essential part of comprehensive abortion care. When women are offered contraceptive counseling and methods by a health provider at the time of their abortion in a health facility, they are likely to choose ... More »

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

Update:  In response to political pressure and protests against some provisions of the newly enacted penal code, Bolivian President Evo Morales repealed the code in its entirety on Jan. 21, 2018—including the abortion ... More »

Friday, December 15, 2017

Legal abortion access greatly expanded in Bolivia

Update:  In response to political pressure and protests against some provisions of the newly enacted penal code, Bolivian President Evo Morales repealed the code in its entirety on Jan. 21, 2018—including the abortion ... 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 »

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