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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Ipas’s Bia Galli attended Brazil’s historic Supreme Court hearing on abortion

In an historic two-day hearing before Brazil’s Supreme Court last week, experts presented arguments and evidence regarding the question of whether abortion should be made legal up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. Currently abortion is a ... More »

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Legal access to abortion expands in Democratic Republic of Congo

In an historic shift toward greater fulfillment of women’s sexual and reproductive rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), women can now legally access abortion under a broader range of conditions—including in cases ... More »

Monday, July 23, 2018

Launch of ASQ Initiative to strengthen and standardize abortion service quality measurement

Metrics for Management, Ibis Reproductive Health, and Ipas have joined forces to launch the Abortion Service Quality (ASQ) Initiative. Launched in April 2018, this three-year project will develop, validate, disseminate, and champion the ... More »

Friday, July 20, 2018

Ipas Mexico study finds sexual violence a principal factor in child pregnancies

A study released last month by Ipas Mexico finds that sexual violence is a significant cause of pregnancies in Mexican girls ages 10-14—and recommends specific actions in the country’s health, education and legal sectors to ... More »

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The future of abortion access in the United States

Well, now we know—President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Kennedy’s U.S. Supreme Court seat. When Justice Kennedy announced he’ll retire at the end of July, there was a collective panic attack on the ... More »

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Just released: New Ipas toolkit to improve abortion access for refugee women and girls

A new online toolkit that is designed to improve access to contraception and abortion care for the millions of women and girls living in refugee camps and other crisis settings is now available from Ipas. Release of the toolkit coincides ... More »

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Ireland repeals abortion ban

Statement from Anu Kumar, Ipas President and CEO: We at Ipas are heartened by the Irish people’s vote to repeal the country’s constitutional amendment criminalizing abortion. It is a true step forward and a lifesaving vote for ... More »

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Why abortion?

When I first learned about the issue of maternal mortality as a student, I remember being shocked at the numbers and shocked at the stark disparity in who is dying. There is a good reason that maternal mortality is used as an indicator of ... More »

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Advancing health through rights: A new agenda for sexual and reproductive health and rights

Accelerate Progress, a report published today in The Lancet, outlines a bold agenda to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Accelerate Progress emphasizes the need for national governments, international ... More »

Monday, May 7, 2018

Dr. Anu Kumar is the new President and CEO of Ipas

The Ipas Board of Directors today named Anu Kumar as President and CEO of Ipas, effective immediately. Kumar, an anthropologist and public health expert, joined Ipas in 2002 and has served as Interim President and CEO for the past six ... More »

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Major United Nations meetings must advance sexual and reproductive health and rights

Both the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) meetings are important spaces where countries and advocates work to advance international human rights agreements, ... More »

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

What factors can impact women’s likelihood to present for abortion after the legal gestation age limit?

In low- and middle-income countries where abortion has been decriminalized, little research has been done into the question of how many women are unable to access abortion care because they present for treatment past the legal gestational ... More »

Monday, April 9, 2018

‘VCAT’ interventions effective at improving abortion knowledge and attitudes, study says

For more than a decade, Ipas has conducted workshops around the world to encourage health providers, policymakers and others to reflect on their values and attitudes toward abortion and consider the consequences when safe abortion services ... More »

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

UK parliamentary group takes strong stance on abortion

On March 8, International Women’s Day, the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Population, Development and Reproductive Health released a report calling for the UK government to support safe abortion at home and abroad. In ... More »

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Voice and text messages help women in Bangladesh make contraceptive choices, study finds

Public health organizations are increasingly using mobile health (mHealth) interventions to target specific audiences with personalized health information. In Bangladesh, an Ipas study used mHealth messaging to determine what family ... More »

Thursday, March 15, 2018

First study on the incidence of abortion among Ethiopian adolescents released

A new study by researchers from Ipas and the Guttmacher Institute finds that adolescent women are more likely than older women to seek legal and safe abortion services, since the 2005 expansion on Ethiopia’s abortion law. ... More »

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Bringing abortion rights to the table at the UN’s 2018 Commission on the Status of Women

From March 12-23, world leaders and advocates for women’s rights from around the world will be in New York attending the United Nations’ 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), focusing this year on ... More »

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Theater and performances are reaching Kenyan young people with reproductive health information

Stage Media is a group of 15 young people who have found their calling in entertainment that enlightens the community on sexual and reproductive health issues in Bungoma County in western Kenya. Using radio plays and other types of ... More »

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Improving contraceptive choice and access for young women in Kenya

Pregnancy at an early age can have long-lasting negative health, economic and social impacts. In Kenya, where the national teen pregnancy rate is 18 percent, the “Choice 4 Change” project is working to help young women aged ... More »

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Health systems need to do more to meet postabortion contraceptive needs of young women, study says

Postabortion contraception is an essential part of comprehensive abortion care. When women are offered contraceptive counseling and methods by a health provider at the time of their abortion in a health facility, they are likely to choose ... More »

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