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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 »

Friday, July 20, 2018

Ipas Mexico study finds sexual violence a principal factor in child pregnancies

A study released last month by Ipas Mexico finds that sexual violence is a significant cause of pregnancies in Mexican girls ages 10-14—and recommends specific actions in the country’s health, education and legal sectors to ... More »

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

What factors can impact women’s likelihood to present for abortion after the legal gestation age limit?

In low- and middle-income countries where abortion has been decriminalized, little research has been done into the question of how many women are unable to access abortion care because they present for treatment past the legal gestational ... 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political pressure and protests against some provisions of the newly enacted penal code, Bolivian President Evo Morales repealed the code in its entirety on Jan. 21, 2018—including the abortion ...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 »

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pressure and protests against some provisions of the newly enacted penal code, Bolivian President Evo Morales repealed the code in its entirety on Jan. 21, 2018—including the abortion ...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

Monday, December 12, 2016

In Bolivia, young people use WhatsApp to prevent unwanted pregnancy

The social networking mobile application WhatsApp—which allows users to send messages, create groups of contacts, and share videos and images for free via wireless Internet from their smart phones—is increasingly popular around ... 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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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, February 9, 2016

Zika epidemic highlights women’s access to safe abortion as a basic human right

Near the end of January, several governments in Latin America and the Caribbean called for women to delay pregnancy until the Zika virus is no longer a threat. These recommendations came after increasing evidence that shows a potential ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Montevideo Consensus: Key Considerations for Advocacy

The Montevideo Consensus for Population and Development is a regional agreement adopted for Latin American and Caribbean governments at the First Regional Conference on Population and Development in 2013. The Montevideo Consensus is the ... More »

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