Abortion should never be a crime. It's a right.


All women must have access to safe and legal abortion. Women’s lives and family and community well-being depend on it.

Twenty years after the landmark commitments made by world leaders at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, maternal deaths and injuries due to unsafe abortion remain a neglected part of women’s health, constituting a public health crisis, a social injustice, and a violation of women’s human rights and dignity. Solving this problem is imperative to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), objectives of the ICPD and the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, as well as other global and regional commitments to gender equity, health and development.

On March 24 and 25, more than 60 global health leaders gathered at Airlie Center outside of Washington, DC. During the meeting, these women and men made a bold commitment to secure women’s access to safe and legal abortion.


The co-conveners, Elizabeth Maguire, Ivens Reis Reynor, Musimbi Kanyoro and Nafis Sadik, sign the Airlie Declaration on Safe Legal Abortion

The co-conveners discuss the Declaration with Charlotte Hord Smith, Ipas Policy Director

Dr. Nafis Sadik speaks at the press briefing

John Paul Bagala shares his experiences as a Ugandan medical student at the press briefing

Ipas Executive VP for Technical Leadership and Advocacy Barbara Crane addresses attendees to the briefing on Capitol Hill

Dr. Dorothy Shaw at the briefing on Capitol Hill

Hon. Arzu Rana Deuba, Dr. Dorothy Shaw, John Paul Bagala, Amb. Dr. Eunice Brookman-Amissah on Capitol Hill

Ipas President and CEO Elizabeth Maguire discussing the harms of the Helms Amendment



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