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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 »

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 »

Monday, March 20, 2017

Signs of progress in the ‘complicated reality’ of abortion in Zambia

Abortion is legal in Zambia, but as the authors of a new study note, “the reality is far more complicated.” Very few women know they have the right to have an abortion or know where to seek this care. Unsafe abortions have ... More »

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Is abortion stigma linked to higher incidence of unsafe abortion?

Communities with a high level of abortion-related stigma may also have a higher incidence of unsafe abortion, according to two recent studies in Kenya. One, published in the Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, surveyed 759 women ... More »

Monday, November 7, 2016

Research partnership aims to improve youth access to safe abortion and contraception in three African nations

The Medical Research Council of the United Kingdom has announced it will fund a three-year research partnership to explore ways to improve adolescent access to contraception and safe abortion in Malawi, Zambia and Ethiopia. The partnership ... More »

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A coordinated approach to policy change and programmatic integration of safe uterine evacuation and postabortion care services in Punjab province, Pakistan

This brief describes the advocacy efforts, led by Ipas Pakistan and local partners, to integrate WHO-approved approaches (UE methods and training of additional cadres of providers) into the health-care system. In particular, it details the ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Implementing Values Clarification and Attitudes Transformation Workshops in Pakistan: An assessment of progress and prospects

An evaluation of values clarification and attitude transformation (VCAT) workshops conducted in Pakistan to improve participants’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors about abortion and abortion care. More »

Friday, January 30, 2015

The stigmatizing attitudes, beliefs and actions scale*

This is a short tool on how to use the Stigmatizing Attitudes, Beliefs and Actions Scale (SABAS). More »

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Working in communities matters! Results from Postabortion clients in Zambia.

This two-page research brief looks at the results of client exit interviews conducted in 2014 with 616 Zambian women who sought a safe and legal pregnancy termination.  The interviews explored issues of quality, service delivery and ... 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, July 23, 2014

Young Women and Abortion: A situation assessment guide

This guide focuses on ways to plan, implement, use and finalize an assessment of how young women and their communities relate to abortion, through locally relevant, community and/or youth-led processes. It is designed to gain insights into ... More »

Friday, May 23, 2014

New estimates point to global decline in the number of women dying from unsafe abortion

New reports from the United Nations and other organizations suggest a pronounced decline in maternal mortality worldwide and indicate that global efforts to reduce deaths of women from unsafe abortion are beginning to work. One of the new ... More »

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