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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 3, 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 6, 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 ... 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 »

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Special journal issue highlights new research on abortion stigma

Abortion stigma is under-researched and few conceptual and methodological tools exist to measure its effects. In an effort to broaden the discussion around abortion stigma and spark further research and critical thinking, Women and Health ... More »

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

At UN General Assembly marking 20th anniversary of historic Cairo conference, governments reaffirm women's reproductive rights

At a Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the end of September, dozens of heads of state and other government leaders described their countries’ progress in advancing women’s reproductive health and rights, ... More »

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ipas President and CEO Liz Maguire announces plan to step down in summer 2015

Ipas President and CEO, Liz Maguire, has announced her decision to step down in the summer of 2015, opening the way for the search to begin for a new President and CEO to be in place by that time.    According to Ms. ... More »

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Social media campaign in Nigeria takes aim at sexual violence

In countries around the world, sexual violence against women and girls contributes to their higher risk of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion. In Nigeria, a youth-led social media campaign is raising awareness of the link between ... More »

Monday, September 8, 2014

Health and human rights organizations call for end to unnecessary restrictions that harm women's health worldwide

Washington, DC (September 8, 2014) – In a letter to President Obama, a broad-based coalition of leading domestic and global organizations spanning women’s rights, health, human rights, reproductive justice, young people, the LGBT ... More »

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ipas to fund innovative research on women’s use of medical abortion in South Africa

Ipas announces two small grant awards that are funding innovative research in South Africa attempting to better understand the safety and prevalence of women using medical abortion (abortion with pills) outside the formal health system. ... More »

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Making care more accessible in South Africa: The introduction of medical abortion

South Africa’s national abortion guidelines say women are entitled to accessible, equitable abortion care at state facilities. But many women aren’t able to get care because fewer than 50 percent of the public-health facilities ... More »

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Film highlights Mexican organization Las Libres’s unique model for supporting women during medical abortion

Aiming to inform and inspire organizations and advocates around the world, Mexican organization Las Libres has produced a short documentary film detailing its successful “accompaniment model” that pairs women seeking ... More »

Monday, August 11, 2014

Can midlevel providers administer medical abortion as safely as physicians?

Yes, there is strong evidence that trained midlevel providers such as nurses, midwives and clinical officers can provide first-trimester medical abortion as safely and effectively as physicians. Backed by this evidence, health-care system ... More »

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