Because magazine highlights issues of reproductive health and rights around the world, and makes connections between U.S. policy and global health.

For 2015 we’re focused on providing our readers with more robust multimedia content online that tells the stories of Ipas’s impact around the world and explores the complex issues surrounding women’s reproductive health and rights. We’ll still produce and mail a print issue, but you can expect to find online-only content here throughout the year.

This issue takes a deeper look at various aspects of abortion care in the United States and around the world: the role of faith and religion in health-care providers' decisions to offer abortion care, how medical students are becoming powerful advocates for reproductive health and rights issues, and  how Crisis Pregnancy Centers are spreading misinformation about abortion and eroding women's ability to make informed decisions.

In this anniversary issue, we highlight Ipas programs working in varied ways to build capacity and motivation among providers of abortion care. We also examine budding projects using mobile technology to reach women (South Africa) and to monitor service quality (East Africa) and we describe new approaches aimed at enabling women to obtain and use abortion pills safely themselves when a safe legal abortion is not available, avoiding the harms that occur when women are injured through use of unsafe methods or resort to back-alley providers.

Abortion seems so out of place in national criminal laws among truly wrongful acts like assault, burglary and manslaughter, with stiff fines and prison terms. We at Ipas believe abortion is both a common and necessary health-care service and a human right—and it does not belong in the realm of crime and punishment. Yet in almost every country in the world, including liberal ones, abortion remains in the criminal law.