News and Resources about Abortion Is Not a Crime

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pressure and protests against some provisions of the newly enacted penal code, Bolivian President Evo Morales repealed the code in its entirety on Jan. 21, 2018—including the abortion ...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

Friday, December 15, 2017

Legal abortion access greatly expanded in Bolivia

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pressure and protests against some provisions of the newly enacted penal code, Bolivian President Evo Morales repealed the code in its entirety on Jan. 21, 2018—including the abortion ...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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Dr. Victoria Ramirez joins the call for legal abortion in El Salvador

Since she was a child, Dr. Victoria Ramirez knew she wanted to be a doctor so she could help others. Now, as a practicing OB-GYN in El Salvador, she’s one of a growing number of doctors and other health professionals working to ... More »

Friday, September 22, 2017

Doctors as champions for abortion rights

A movement for safe, legal abortion in El Salvador has been building in recent years, and doctors like Ipas’s Dr. Guillermo Ortiz are also starting to speak out. As an OB-GYN who practiced for more than 20 years under the ... 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 »

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 »

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, 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 »

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Ipas and partners stress harms of criminal abortion laws in Latin America

The Inter-American Dialogue, a leading U.S. and foreign policy think tank, this week brought together Ipas and partners to raise awareness of a persistent human rights concern: Across Latin America, laws that make abortion a crime are ... 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 »

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 »

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

When abortion is a crime: Rwanda

Rwanda reformed its abortion law in 2012, but legal barriers and cultural and religious stigma make it nearly impossible for women to get a safe, legal abortion. Women with unplanned or unwanted pregnancies resort to unsafe and illegal ... More »

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

When Abortion is a Crime: The threat to vulnerable women in Latin America

This report analyzes the findings of an Ipas investigation into the enforcement of laws criminalizing abortion in three South American countries—Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina—and is the first in a series of Ipas reports on criminal ... More »

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Criminal laws and other legal restrictions relating to sexual & reproductive health and the right to health

This is a two-page flyer that summarizes key points of the August 2011 report by Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, who calls for rescinding criminal and restrictive laws related to abortion. More »

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Safe abortion in Nepal: A success story

Where abortion is illegal, women suffer. Before 2002 when abortion was illegal in Nepal, women were imprisoned, half of all hospital admissions were due to complications from clandestine abortions, and hundreds of women died each year. ... More »

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

When abortion is a crime

This two-page fact sheet is adapted from a 2013 Ipas report investigating the impact of criminal abortion laws on women, their families and health-care providers in three South American countries—Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina.  The ... More »

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Think about it

Ipas Brazil's "Vai Pensando ai" video campaign challenges individuals' opinion about Brazil's restrictive abortion laws.   More »