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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 »

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 »

Thursday, February 1, 2018

What You Need to Know About Abortion Restrictions on U.S. Global Health Assistance

If your organization receives global health assistance (monetary and non-monetary) from the U.S. government, there may be certain types of abortion-related work that you cannot perform—and these restrictions can even limit work ... 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 »

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pressure and protests against some provisions of the newly enacted penal code, Bolivian President Evo Morales repealed the code in its entirety on Jan. 21, 2018—including the abortion ...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

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 »

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Five portraits: How safe abortion saves women’s lives

The stories presented here are based on real lives and real events. Each one represents thousands of women around the world whose lives Ipas works to improve. Our work is urgent: 44,000 women and girls die each year from unsafe abortions, ... 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 »

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Promoviendo la salud y los derechos sexuales y reproductivos de las adolescentes y mujeres jóvenes: enfoque en el aborto seguro en la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible

Esta ficha informativa para defensores y formuladores de políticas explica cómo la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible puede ser una herramienta influyente para promover los derechos sexuales y reproductivos de las ... 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 »

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