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The Ipas Impact Network works globally to advance reproductive justice by expanding access to abortion and contraception.

All people have the right to make fundamental decisions about their own bodies and health. That’s why we work with partners across Africa, Asia and the Americas to ensure that reproductive health services, including abortion and contraception, are available and accessible to all.

A comprehensive approach

Guaranteeing the right to abortion isn’t enough. We know that economic, cultural, religious, and systemic barriers prevent many people from accessing abortion care even where it’s legal and available.

Our solution: We work across institutions and communities to build sustainable abortion ecosystems. In such an ecosystem, people have the information they need to make decisions about reproductive health, there’s community and health-system support for human rights and abortion access, and laws and policies support full bodily autonomy.

We work for a more just world—and we work in a way that upholds our values.

We are a locally led, globally connected network, and we pay attention to equity, power and accountability in all aspects of how we work.

Learn about how we practice shared leadership.

CATALYSTS, a new Africa-led coalition for abortion rights, launches with ambitious vision

Seeking to more effectively protect and promote abortion rights in Africa, Ipas and key partners have launched CATALYSTS—an ambitious, Africa-led coalition of abortion rights advocates.

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to protect pregnant people across the country

Today’s dismissal offers only a delay to extremist politicians’ crusade to override the rights of pregnant people at all costs.

SCOTUS rejects anti-rights attempt to sideline mifepristone

Today the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the anti-abortion case that sought to reverse the FDA’s approval of the medication abortion drug mifepristone—based on false claims that the drug is unsafe. The ruling ensures that mifepristone will remain available.

Green Wave Gathering inspires activism and solidarity across the Americas

Ipas and partners hosted the second Green Wave Gathering last week in Mexico City, uniting 150 activists from across the Americas, including from the United States, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, and more. Organized by the Women’s Equality Center, Ipas Latin America and the Caribbean, Ipas United States. and the Guttmacher Institute, the two-day event inspired and fortified movements for reproductive justice and abortion rights throughout the region.

How the climate crisis harms menstrual hygiene for women and girls

Menstrual hygiene and the climate crisis are intricately connected. Our research and programmatic experience have shown that as climate-induced extreme weather events such as droughts and floods increase, managing menstruation becomes even more challenging for women and girls worldwide.

In Nigeria, Ipas’s innovative partnership with religious leaders aims to reduce gender-based violence

Combatting gender-based violence is a massive challenge in Nigeria, where nearly one of every three women and girls aged 15-49 has experienced physical violence, including rape and other forms of sexual violence. Ipas has developed a crucial partnership with religious leaders that’s helping to change this.

3 reasons abortion access is crucial for mothers

Research from around the world shows that the ability to decide when and whether to have another child helps mothers take better care of themselves and the children they already have.

Empowering Nigerian youth one campus at a time

Ipas’s local partner, Onelife Initiative for Human Development, has helped Nigerian college students take control of their sexual and reproductive health through a program called “Campus Wey Sabi,” a title which loosely translates to “campus knows best.” Through measuring student knowledge, training local health-care vendors, and hosting on-campus sessions with students and health providers, the program achieved significant results in just four months.

Our impact in 2023

We helped health systems expand abortion access

access points supported by Ipas

At Ipas-supported health facilities:

people received abortion services across 25 countries

people received contraception