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Thursday, December 15, 2016

A bold agenda for safe abortion in Africa

The Africa Regional Conference on Abortion: From Research to Policy conference, held Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, brought together researchers, policymakers, advocates, health-care providers, youth advocates, ... More »

Monday, December 12, 2016

In Bolivia, young people use WhatsApp to prevent unwanted pregnancy

The social networking mobile application WhatsApp—which allows users to send messages, create groups of contacts, and share videos and images for free via wireless Internet from their smart phones—is increasingly popular around ... More »

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Abortion rights in Brazil: A big step forward

Recent developments for women’s reproductive rights—amid current political turmoil in Brazil—are cause for celebration. Brazil’s Supreme Court ruling on Nov. 29 established that abortion is not a crime during the ... More »

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Coalition Brings Together Experts for the Africa Regional Conference on Abortion: From Research to Policy

The Africa Regional Conference on Abortion: From Research to Policy will be held from Tuesday, November 29 to Friday, December 2, 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This conference builds on a decade of work linking research to action to ... More »

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Is abortion stigma linked to higher incidence of unsafe abortion?

Communities with a high level of abortion-related stigma may also have a higher incidence of unsafe abortion, according to two recent studies in Kenya. One, published in the Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, surveyed 759 women ... More »

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Trump victory will not deter our fight for women’s rights

Like many around the world, the leadership and staff of Ipas are shocked by last night’s election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States. In sharp contrast to Hillary Clinton, who for decades has championed the ... More »

Monday, November 7, 2016

Research partnership aims to improve youth access to safe abortion and contraception in three African nations

The Medical Research Council of the United Kingdom has announced it will fund a three-year research partnership to explore ways to improve adolescent access to contraception and safe abortion in Malawi, Zambia and Ethiopia. The partnership ... More »

Monday, October 31, 2016

Marking 10 years of Nicaragua’s abortion ban, Ipas releases study on resulting epidemic of ‘child mothers’

On Oct. 26, Ipas Central America and its partners in the region marked 10 years since Nicaragua’s government enacted a total abortion ban, endangering the lives of women and girls and forcing those with unwanted pregnancies to carry ... More »

Thursday, October 27, 2016

‘Thank you for believing in young leaders’

Claudia Martinez Lopez, a 2016 recipient of Ipas’s Maguire Fellowship, has a simple message for all donors who supported the program—as well as the mentors, colleagues and new-found friends who guided the fellows during their ... More »

Monday, August 8, 2016

Nepal parliament ensures free abortion services for all women

On August 8th, the parliament of Nepal voted to approve its FY17 budget, which for the first time includes funding for safe abortion care. The funding ensures implementation of a key provision of a 2009 court decision guaranteeing access ... More »

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Expert group urges updated definition and measurement of unsafe abortion

A group of reproductive health experts has recommended that the World Health Organization (WHO) update the way it defines and measures “unsafe” abortion. Since the 1990s, WHO has defined unsafe abortion as those performed either by ... More »

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A win for women--U.S. Supreme Court defends abortion rights

The U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Texas law placing undue requirements on abortion clinics is a significant victory not only for women in the United States, but for women around the world. It highlights both the importance of ... More »

Monday, June 20, 2016

Too often neglected--safe abortion care in crisis settings

World Refugee Day, observed on June 20 each year, was established by the United Nations more than 15 years ago to call attention to the plight of millions of people worldwide who live in refugee camps and other crisis settings, driven from ... More »

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ipas stands in solidarity against hate crimes

The shooting rampage in a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was a horrendous instance of violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. “This atrocious act of violence was a deliberate attack against members of a ... More »

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Study explores use of mobile technology to help women self-assess their eligibility for early medical abortion

New research from South Africa suggests that women can use mobile devices, such as phones or tablets, to accurately assess their eligibility for medical abortion via an online gestational age calculator. Findings from the Ipas-funded ... More »

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ipas mourns the passing of Zambia Country Director Edford Mutuma

Edford Mutuma, who died Monday, May 30, was a champion and tireless advocate for the reproductive rights of women and young people. It was Ipas’s privilege to have Edford serve as the Country Director for Zambia – he brought more than 15 ... More »

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Video highlights Brazil’s restrictive abortion laws and the Zika virus

“I followed my heart and my doctor’s advice for my survival,” said Marina Leite after having an abortion in Brazil, a country where abortion, in most circumstances, is regarded as a criminal act. Leite’s ... More »

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Police as partners in improving abortion access

Police officers can be important allies in efforts to improve women’s access to safe abortion care. Ipas has worked with police in Ghana and other countries since 2009, and in the newly published manual, A Practical Guide for ... More »

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

News stories highlight need for abortion law reform in Sierra Leone

Shame, stigma and restrictive laws often force young women like Memunatu Kamara in Al Jazeera’s article, “The women dying for an abortion in Sierra Leone,” to turn to traditional practitioners to help end unwanted ... More »

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

In Bolivia, Ipas trains police and judicial workers on legal provisions for abortion

Ipas Bolivia has launched a new initiative to increase women’s access to safe, legal abortion services in the public health system—an important step forward just two years after Bolivia’s highest court ruled to end a ... More »

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