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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Reproductive health assistance for Rohingya refugees

In partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Ipas Bangladesh is working to strengthen reproductive health services for Rohingya refugees at two camps and six government health facilities in Cox’s Bazar District in ... More »

Friday, September 22, 2017

Dr. Victoria Ramirez joins the call for legal abortion in El Salvador

Since she was a child, Dr. Victoria Ramirez knew she wanted to be a doctor so she could help others. Now, as a practicing OB-GYN in El Salvador, she’s one of a growing number of doctors and other health professionals working to ... More »

Friday, September 22, 2017

Doctors as champions for abortion rights

A movement for safe, legal abortion in El Salvador has been building in recent years, and doctors like Ipas’s Dr. Guillermo Ortiz are also starting to speak out. As an OB-GYN who practiced for more than 20 years under the ... More »

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Promising new evidence on the safe use of medical abortion by women and health volunteers

Can women accurately self-assess their eligibility for medical abortion? New research from Nepal indicates that, with some simple guidance, they can—a finding with broad implications for the growing question of how much medical ... More »

Monday, August 21, 2017

A major step forward in Chile

On Monday, August 21, Chile’s Constitutional Court voted in favor of lifting the total ban on abortion in the country. The measure legalizes abortion in cases where the woman’s life is in danger, when the fetus is not viable and in cases ... More »

Monday, August 7, 2017

What are the ‘foreseeable harms’ of the Trump global gag rule? A commentary looks at the evidence.

Under President Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule, U.S. government agencies have been directed to apply an unprecedented global anti-abortion policy that will require foreign NGOs to choose between receiving U.S. funding and providing ... More »

Friday, July 14, 2017

Know the abortion laws and policies in your country? A new global resource can tell you

An open-access database of comprehensive information on global abortion laws and policies has been launched jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Population Division of the United Nations (UN) Department of Social and ... More »

Thursday, July 6, 2017

‘Twittazo’ in Bolivia marks milestone in the fight for women’s right to safe abortion

A social media initiative promoting the decriminalization of abortion in Bolivia scored international attention and the country’s first feminist hashtag to trend widely on Twitter: #DespenalizaMiDecisión (or ... More »

Thursday, June 22, 2017

UN Special Rapporteur recommends repeal of criminal abortion laws

In her first report as UN Special Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard recommends the repeal of all criminal abortion laws. Her message is clear: When women die from unsafe abortion, governments may be responsible for arbitrary killing. Callamard ... More »

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ipas partners with DKT International to expand access to safe abortion in 100+ countries

Ipas and DKT International announced this month an exclusive partnership in which the Ipas Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) technology will be licensed to DKT for global distribution, furthering their joint mission of providing safe and ... More »

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Global gag rule expansion plan will be disastrous for women

On Monday, 15 May, 2017, the U.S. State Department announced a plan for implementing President Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule. The announced plan directs government agencies to apply an unprecedented global anti-abortion policy that will ... More »

Friday, May 5, 2017

New evidence from India on ways to improve safe abortion access and knowledge

Abortion has been legal in India since 1971, yet in this sprawling country of more than one billion people, progressive laws do not guarantee access to safe abortion services. An estimated 50 percent of abortions performed in India are ... More »

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Could women safely buy and use abortion pills without ever seeing a health provider?

A new article by researchers from Ipas and Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), lays out a regulatory pathway for medical abortion to be made available without a ... More »

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New studies show benefits of increasing women’s access to medical abortion in South Africa

Even though abortion is legal in South Africa for a broad range of indications, many women still encounter barriers when trying to access safe abortion care. Medical abortion, or abortion with pills, is not available in all areas of South ... More »

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dispatch from CSW 61

From the 13th-24th of March, world leaders, country delegations and human rights advocates attended the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations. This year’s CSW focused on women’s ... More »

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The crisis of reproductive care in humanitarian settings

An estimated 26 million women and girls of reproductive age live in refugee camps and other crisis settings around the world. They experience increased levels of exploitation, sexual violence and transactional sex, which can lead to ... More »

Monday, March 20, 2017

Signs of progress in the ‘complicated reality’ of abortion in Zambia

Abortion is legal in Zambia, but as the authors of a new study note, “the reality is far more complicated.” Very few women know they have the right to have an abortion or know where to seek this care. Unsafe abortions have ... More »

Friday, March 10, 2017

How does intimate partner violence influence reproductive health?

Research has shown for some time that physical or sexual violence perpetrated by a woman’s husband or sexual partner leads to poor reproductive health outcomes. But two recent Ipas-led studies conducted in Bangladesh shed light on ... More »

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

On International Women's Day, Ipas reflects and resists

Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day. Since the early 1900s, people have celebrated this day, calling for women’s rights, gender equity, peace and progress. In 2017, International Women’s Day will build on the ... More »

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A decade of progress providing safe abortion services in Ethiopia

A new Ipas study shows Ethiopia has greatly improved the availability of safe abortion care throughout the country—a significant accomplishment since the abortion law was liberalized in 2005 and a strong testament to the Ministry of ... More »

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