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‘Access is huge in terms of reproductive freedom’

Pictured above: Deepika Boipay is a nurse midwife at Pompara Health Center, Uttar Pradesh, India. How task-sharing increases abortion access for women and girls People around the world experience barriers when trying to access abortion care: stigma, cost, limited knowledge or a lack of providers. These barriers can force them to have unsafe abortions, which […]

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A look back at the beginning of a new decade

By Anu Kumar  We’re a month into a new decade, but as I reflect on the last few months of 2019 and consider the changes of the last few years, I am struck by how some things stay the same—like Ipas’s vision for a future where every woman and girl can determine her own future—and […]

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Ipas’s human rights and women’s rights advocacy work

Reproductive rights, including abortion rights, are human rights. That’s why Ipas advocates with UN human rights treaty bodies—committees of field experts who monitor the implementation of core international human rights provisions—to influence policies and ensure that the rights of women and girls are upheld.  “The information that Ipas shares with human rights treaty monitoring bodies […]

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Why universal health coverage must include abortion

Abortion is health care, and health care is a human right. That’s why efforts to advance universal health coverage (UHC)—an international effort to guarantee that all people, regardless of where they live, have access to essential, quality health services without financial hardship—must include strong language defining sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion care, as […]

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Unsafe abortion deaths are preventable, and men have a huge role to play

Two young reproductive rights champions in Ghana speak out  Samuel Lamptey grew up around women—he has 11 sisters. This experience has helped him understand and empathize with the issues women face, including unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion. “We cannot make progress if we don’t understand the issues of women,” he says.   Lamptey and his colleague, Aku Dzifa Amenyedzi, are young reproductive rights champions in Ghana, and both have […]

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Repeal the Helms Amendment. It will save women’s lives.

As the largest government funder of family planning and reproductive health services, the United States plays a vital role in improving public health around the world. But U.S. foreign policies like the Global Gag Rule—also known as the Mexico City Policy— and the Helms Amendment are actually harming health and rights by restricting women and […]

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Male youth leaders in India create social change around abortion

In rural villages in Jharkhand State, India, men tend to make decisions about family matters. But youth leaders—trained by Ipas Development Foundation (IDF)—are sharing sexual and reproductive health information and, ultimately, chipping away at traditional gender roles. When IDF began the project, they focused on female youth leaders (read about some of these women here). But […]

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Health intermediaries in Kenya support women in abortion self-care

After Fiona*, a university student in Kenya, learned she was unexpectedly pregnant, she became depressed. Her parents are strict, and she was nervous to visit them, afraid that her mother would find out. If she continued the pregnancy, Fiona would likely have to drop out of university. She would experience stigma from becoming pregnant before […]

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Training pharmacy workers in Mexico to support abortion self-care

The abortion drug misoprostol is readily available in most pharmacies in Mexico and can be obtained without a prescription. This means that many women choose abortion self-care—and that pharmacy workers play a crucial role in ensuring women can purchase misoprostol without facing stigma, judgment or misinformation.   That’s why Ipas Central America and Mexico (Ipas […]

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Understanding women’s needs around abortion self-care in India

In India, an estimated 15.6 million abortions occur each year—and out of those, about 12 million (73%) are medical abortions (or abortion with pills) that women experience in places other than health facilities.    “The reason for this is a combination of awareness, stigma and issues with access,” says Vinoj Manning, Chief Executive Officer of Ipas […]

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Declaração Global sobre Aborto

Preâmbulo Nos últimos 25 anos, governos, provedores de saúde e sociedade civil tomaram medidas importantes para promover os direitos sexuais e reprodutivos de mulheres e raparigas, em conformidade com as normas internacionais de direitos humanos e orientações de saúde pública, incluindo a liberalização das leis de aborto em mais de 50 países. Além disso, o […]

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Déclaration mondiale sur l’avortement

Préambule  Au cours des 25 dernières années, les gouvernements, les prestataires de santé et la société civile ont pris des mesures décisives pour faire progresser la santé et les droits sexuels et reproductifs des femmes et des jeunes filles conformément aux droits humains et aux directives de santé publique, par le biais notamment de l’assouplissement […]

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Declaración mundial sobre el aborto

Preámbulo En los últimos 25 años, gobiernos, prestadores de servicios de salud y la sociedad civil han adoptado medidas importantes para promover los derechos sexuales y reproductivos de las mujeres y niñas, en consonancia con las normas internacionales sobre derechos humanos y la orientación en salud pública, que incluye liberalizar las leyes sobre aborto en […]

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Global Declaration on Abortion

This joint declaration on abortion for the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 (November 12-14, 2019) was developed by the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Center for Reproductive Rights, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, Ipas, Marie Stopes International, Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice (RESURJ), SPECTRA and Vecinas Feministas por la Justicia Sexual y Reproductiva […]

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Mexico’s Oaxaca State decriminalizes abortion and makes history

Mexico’s Oaxaca State has become only the second state in the country to decriminalize abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. A revision to the state’s penal code means that women and girls can now legally access abortion services—including from public health centers—without fear of prosecution.  “We celebrate this reform, as the government of […]

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‘Our actions have a direct impact on the lives of thousands of women and girls’

Malena Morales, Ipas Bolivia Country Director, shares why she’s a passionate advocate for abortion rights Ipas Bolivia Country Director Malena Morales first joined Ipas in 1999 and served as a medical advisor and coordinator of multi-year projects—including one on postabortion care and one to improve the community-level response to sexual violence—before becoming country director. Dr. […]

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