We believe in a world where every woman and girl can determine her own future.
Each year, 25 million women and girls around the world have unsafe abortions. We’re working to bring that number to zero.
Ipas is the only international organization solely focused on expanding access to safe abortion and contraceptive care. Across Africa, Asia and Latin America, we work with partners to train abortion providers, connect women with vital information so they can access services, and to advocate for safe, legal abortion.
Our work is urgent
Millions of women and girls suffer serious, often permanent injuries as a result of unsafe abortion, and tens of thousands of women die. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Around the world, our programs strive to improve reproductive health services for women and girls, increase their access to these services, and expand their sexual and reproductive rights.
The Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act, introduced in the U.S. Congress on July 29 by Democratic Representative Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, would repeal the Helms Amendment—a racist policy that for nearly 50 years has denied access to abortion services to Black and brown women living in low- and middle-income countries.
We Stand for Justice
As committed human rights advocates and caring neighbors, we join in the nation’s collective outrage and pain following the killing of George Floyd and the brutal treatment of so many Black people and people of color.We stand with Black communities around the country in frustration, in anger, in pain and in protest.
White supremacy in global health
“In the global health and human rights community, where I sit professionally, there’s been a lot of discussion in the last few years about decolonizing global health,” writes Ipas President and CEO Anu Kumar in a piece published by Think Global Health. “What we don’t talk about explicitly enough, however, is how white supremacy operates in this sector… The linkages between colonialism and patriarchy, between racial justice and gender justice are undeniable. They have—and still do—oppress Black and brown women.”
Youth leaders provide crucial reproductive health information during pandemic
Youth leaders trained by Ipas Development Foundation (IDF) in India are getting back to work providing much-needed information on sexual and reproductive health—including on contraception and pregnancy prevention—to the young men and women in their communities. They’re also referring young people for needed care at local health centers.
“In this time of crisis, it is heartening for me to see that men are supportive of the reproductive health needs of their female family members and are approaching me for referrals,” says male youth leader Shashi Bhushan Soy.
New Ipas toolkit helps advocates build support for sexuality education that includes abortion
Our impact in 2019
Contraceptive care methods—including postabortion and standalone—provided
Abortion self-care is health care. Ipas is committed to supporting a woman’s right to have an abortion using pills on her own, when and where she wants. Learn more.
We’ve added the latest evidence—plus lessons learned from health professionals globally—to our 2020 clinical recommendations on comprehensive abortion care.
Join us in our work to end unsafe abortion