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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Sierra Leone Parliament votes to reform abortion law

Today in Sierra Leone, the country’s parliament voted in favor of a new abortion law that will make safe abortion legal. There was overwhelming support, with no opposition votes. According to the World Health Organization, Sierra ... More »

Monday, December 7, 2015

Ipas study identifies ways to increase accessibility and quality of postabortion contraception

Comprehensive abortion service-delivery interventions such as offering post-training support to providers can increase postabortion contraceptive uptake and reduce unintended pregnancy, according to a large-scale Ipas study recently ... More »

Friday, December 4, 2015

Medical abortion successfully integrated in public health services in South African province

Mifepristone-misoprostol medical abortion (MA) was successfully integrated into public sector surgical abortion services in South Africa and was chosen by a large majority of women who were eligible and offered choice of early termination ... More »

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ipas embraces findings from first external evaluation of its global program

Between January and June 2015, the UK-based firm Ann Bartholomew Consulting Ltd. conducted the first-ever comprehensive external evaluation of Ipas, on behalf of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The ... More »

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ipas uses photography to engage Nigerian refugees on their reproductive health needs

Women who are refugees and/or internally displaced persons (IDPs) have acute sexual and reproductive health needs and deserve to lead the discussion about what those needs are and how to fulfill them.  An innovative Ipas project in ... More »

Monday, November 16, 2015

An important service--Second-trimester abortion

Dr. Meera Thapa Upadhyay is a practicing ob/gyn at Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. In early October, she sat down with Ipas to talk about her experience providing abortion care—particularly ... More »

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Commission on Human Rights reprimands Nicaragua for continued abortion ban

Years of advocacy by Ipas and partners in Central America paid off last month when leaders of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued a strongly worded reprimand to the Nicaraguan government for its continued violation ... More »

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Abortion is common in Nigeria despite restrictive law

On November 4, Ipas Nigeria hosted a launch event to share the findings of a national abortion incidence study conducted by the University of Ibadan and the Guttmacher Institute. More than 100 participants from state governments, civil ... More »

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Organization of American States’ new leader calls for safe, legal abortion in Latin America

The recently appointed Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, has clearly positioned himself as an advocate for safe, legal abortion and has called for the repeal of punitive abortion laws across Latin ... More »

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Shedding light on Rwanda’s criminal abortion laws

A study by Ipas and the Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD) on the enforcement of criminal abortion laws in Rwanda—When Abortion Is a Crime: Rwanda—was released in Kigali on September 28, the Global ... More »

Friday, October 9, 2015

Ipas works to prevent sexual violence and unintended adolescent pregnancy in Latin America

International Day of the Girl, recognized on October 11, calls for a movement toward gender equity by investing in and empowering girls. Ipas programs in Bolivia, Mexico and Central America are making this investment through initiatives to ... More »

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Human rights experts issue joint statement on need to address safe, legal abortion in UN 2030 Agenda

Last week, the UN General Assembly adopted its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 global sustainable development goals (SDGs) such as to eradicate poverty, take urgent action on climate change, and promote health ... More »

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Break the silence. Stop the stigma.

Abortion stigma is global; women in every country—regardless of the legal status of abortion—are shamed for seeking or for having an abortion. This is discrimination, and it affects anyone associated with abortion: women who ... More »

Friday, October 2, 2015

UN Launches Global Strategy for Women’s Health

Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, supported by commitments from governments, international organizations, the private ... More »

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rwanda’s penal code puts women and girls at risk of unsafe abortion and imprisonment

Hundreds of Rwandan women and girls are unjustly harassed, arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned each year on abortion-related charges, according to a new report from Ipas and the Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development ... More »

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New report calls for release of Rwandan women and girls unjustly imprisoned for abortion

Hundreds of Rwandan women and girls are unjustly harassed, prosecuted and imprisoned each year on abortion-related charges, according to a new report from Ipas and the Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD). The ... More »

Monday, September 21, 2015

Welcome CEO and President John Hetherington

Ipas’s new president officially began work September 15. John Hetherington brings more than 20 years of experience working in global development—in some of the world’s most difficult areas. “I was lucky to be able ... More »

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Malawi political parties unite to reform abortion law

In a bold and unprecedented move, leaders from all 11 political parties in Malawi signed a communique—an official statement on the record—supporting both law reform on abortion and the passing of a proposed draft bill into ... More »

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Complications from unsafe abortion remain high globally:  new study findings

Roughly seven million women were treated in the developing world for complications from unsafe abortion in 2012, according to a new study by Susheela Singh and Isaac Maddow-Zimet, researchers at the Guttmacher Institute. Not only is the ... More »

Monday, August 17, 2015

Nepal to provide free abortion services at public health facilities

In a major step forward for women’s access to safe abortion care, the government of Nepal recently announced that abortion services will be available free of charge at public health facilities. Abortion has been legal in Nepal since ... More »

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