Ending unsafe abortion: Our Strategic Plan 2018-2023

Since our founding in 1973, we’ve been through amazing growth and change as an organization, but our singular commitment to expanding women’s and girls’ access to safe, legal abortion has remained constant.

Our strategic plan for FY2018-2023 draws on our decades of experience working with health systems and communities to end unsafe abortion. We’ve spoken with partners and colleagues around the world to determine how we can best improve upon our strengths, address our areas of weakness, and make the greatest impact for women and girls.

Our aim

Each year, 25 million unsafe abortions put women and girls around the world at great risk. We aim to bring that number to zero. Women are the core of families and communities, and their well-being is central to global health and stability. We are unapologetically focused on women and girls who want contraception or abortion, and we build our programs around their needs and how best to support them.

We’re working to make all abortions safe

Our vision and mission

We believe in a world where every woman and girl has the right and ability to determine her own sexuality and reproductive health. That’s why we work globally to ensure that women and girls have improved access to and use of safe abortion and contraceptive care.

We work to dismantle the barriers that keep women and girls from fully realizing their sexual and reproductive health and rights, which are essential to physical, mental, spiritual, political and economic well-being.

Our strategic priorities

Enabling environment icon Make abortion legal and available Women and girls can’t determine their own futures without laws and policies that support access to safe abortion and contraception. We advocate around the world for safe, legal abortion.

Safe care icon Ensure safe care Safe abortion and contraception save lives. That’s why we train abortion providers and support health systems to ensure that high-quality safe abortion and contraceptive services are available, accessible and acceptable to women and girls.

Social support icon Put women and girls in control Women and girls must know where and how to access safe abortion and contraception. They also must feel supported in their decisions and have the confidence to access services when they need them. We partner with organizations that work directly with women and girls in their communities.

Effective organization icon Be bold and effective We hold ourselves to a high standard for internal operations and governance to ensure we can be efficient and effective in implementing our programs and responding to needs in the field.

Valued partner icon Be a valued partner We strive to always bring value to our partnerships and collaborations, as we depend upon our many global and local partners to help advance our urgent work of expanding access to quality abortion and contraceptive care for women and girls.

Our continued focus—and new areas of work

Ipas remains dedicated to preventing unsafe abortion and increasing access to contraception. Working with local partners around the world, we strive to improve women’s access and right to safe, high-quality abortion care and contraception. We will continue to train providers in abortion care, to strengthen health systems, to advocate for safe abortion and reform of restrictive laws, to engage with communities and to reduce barriers to safe abortion like stigma.

Reproductive health technologies Ipas was founded as an abortion technology organization focused on the manual vacuum aspirator (MVA). Our role in medical abortion, MVA and contraception will continue to evolve in the coming years, but our commitment to high-quality health products remains unchanged.

Understanding women’s wants and needs We will focus on targeted research to understand more about women’s needs and wants regarding reproductive health and how they make decisions about contraception and abortion. We will share what we learn and aim to answer key questions that remain in the global body of evidence on these topics.

Self-management of medical abortion We’ll work to improve women’s ability to have an abortion using pills—on her own, when and where she wants. And we’ll explore the clinical and regulatory questions surrounding the expansion of women’s access to this method.

High-quality abortion care Although there are quality standards for abortion, there is not yet an agreed upon standard set of indicators for monitoring abortion quality across settings. Ipas will continue working with partners to establish broadly useful indicators for quality of care that can be applied across the abortion field.

Abortion in conflict settings We’ll partner with relief agencies to create better access to contraception and safe abortion for women and girls living in crisis settings, where the risk of rape and unintended pregnancy is high.

Care for victims of gender-based violence We will expand efforts to improve care for women and girls who experience gender-based violence, which all too often leads to unwanted pregnancies. Working with partners, we’ll create access to emergency contraception and safe abortion for victims of this violence.

Sexuality education that includes abortion We’ll partner with global, national and local institutions to advocate for comprehensive sexuality education programs to include accurate, non-biased information on abortion—a topic often missing from curricula.