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Abortion Law and Policy in Nigeria: Barriers to Women’s Access to Safe and Legal Care

This fact sheet looks at the policy implications of a national abortion incidence study showing that, even though abortion is heavily restricted throughout Nigeria, 1.25 million Nigerian women had an abortion in 2012. The study found that ... More »

Zika underscores need for reproductive justice for all women

In Latin America, government responses to the Zika virus have been weak, disregarding the best interests of pregnant women and those who may become pregnant. This brief outlines Ipas’s stance on governments’ responses to the ... 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, 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 »

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The crisis of reproductive care in humanitarian settings

An estimated 26 million women and girls of reproductive age live in refugee camps and other crisis settings around the world. They experience increased levels of exploitation, sexual violence and transactional sex, which can lead to ... More »

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Abortion rights in Brazil: A big step forward

Recent developments for women’s reproductive rights—amid current political turmoil in Brazil—are cause for celebration. Brazil’s Supreme Court ruling on Nov. 29 established that abortion is not a crime during the ... More »

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Trump victory will not deter our fight for women’s rights

Like many around the world, the leadership and staff of Ipas are shocked by last night’s election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States. In sharp contrast to Hillary Clinton, who for decades has championed the ... More »

Monday, October 31, 2016

Marking 10 years of Nicaragua’s abortion ban, Ipas releases study on resulting epidemic of ‘child mothers’

On Oct. 26, Ipas Central America and its partners in the region marked 10 years since Nicaragua’s government enacted a total abortion ban, endangering the lives of women and girls and forcing those with unwanted pregnancies to carry ... More »

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Making change happen: A review of progressive abortion policy change in Africa

An overview of progressive abortion policy changes and trends in Africa, primarily between 2010-2016. It outlines strategies in regional policy work by Ipas and partners and points to examples of positive policy change, such as national ... More »

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Video highlights Brazil’s restrictive abortion laws and the Zika virus

“I followed my heart and my doctor’s advice for my survival,” said Marina Leite after having an abortion in Brazil, a country where abortion, in most circumstances, is regarded as a criminal act. Leite’s ... More »

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Police as partners in improving abortion access

Police officers can be important allies in efforts to improve women’s access to safe abortion care. Ipas has worked with police in Ghana and other countries since 2009, and in the newly published manual, A Practical Guide for ... More »

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

News stories highlight need for abortion law reform in Sierra Leone

Shame, stigma and restrictive laws often force young women like Memunatu Kamara in Al Jazeera’s article, “The women dying for an abortion in Sierra Leone,” to turn to traditional practitioners to help end unwanted ... More »

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

In Bolivia, Ipas trains police and judicial workers on legal provisions for abortion

Ipas Bolivia has launched a new initiative to increase women’s access to safe, legal abortion services in the public health system—an important step forward just two years after Bolivia’s highest court ruled to end a ... More »

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A practical guide for partnering with police to improve abortion access

This guide is a resource for advocates, trainers, project managers and technical advisors who design programs and workshops to engage police on abortion issues. Drawing on the work of Ipas and other organizations, it offers practical ... More »

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Betraying women: Provider duty to report

The longstanding provider-patient confidentiality relationship is quietly eroding as an alarming number of medical staff across Latin America are reporting women and girls to the police for having abortions. Many countries now require, ... More »

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

New report from Ipas and Ibis on impact of Helms and Hyde Amendments

Ipas and Ibis Reproductive Health have published the first inclusive report on how the Helms and Hyde Amendments limit women’s access to abortion both in the United States and abroad. The report highlights the ways in which the Amendments ... More »

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Why is Ipas attending the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women?

From March 14-24, world leaders and advocates for women’s rights from around the world will be in New York attending the United Nations’ sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, focusing this year on ... More »

Friday, March 4, 2016

Advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescent girls and young women: A focus on safe abortion in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

This factsheet for advocates and policymakers explains how The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be a powerful tool for advancing adolescent girls’ and young women’s sexual and reproductive rights—especially ... More »

Friday, March 4, 2016

U.S. funding for abortion: How the Helms and Hyde Amendments harm women and providers (fact sheet)

1973, the Helms Amendment became the first abortion funding restriction enacted by the U.S. Congress. Three years later Congress passed an additional funding restriction called the Hyde Amendment. These restrictions make access to safe ... More »

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