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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 »

Monday, April 2, 2018

Meet Sharmin Sultana, an Ipas expert on the ground in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps

As Ipas has moved quickly in recent months to respond to the reproductive health needs of Rohingya refugees flowing into Bangladesh, Sharmin Sultana’s work has brought her repeatedly to the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar ... 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 »

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Updated UN sexuality education guidance expands abortion content

A revised edition of the United Nations’ International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education released last week includes significant new recommendations on abortion, as well as new evidence that shows comprehensive sexuality ... More »

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Study calls for more focus on women's choices of postabortion contraceptives

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all women be offered a method of contraception on the day of their abortion. Ipas and other rights-based programs also strive to ensure that women’s decisions about contraceptives ... More »

Thursday, January 4, 2018

One key to high-quality abortion care: post-training support for providers

Very few studies have examined the impact of post-training support for abortion providers on the quality of care they provide. A new Ipas study, published in the journal Reproductive Health, fills that gap. It found that providers who ... More »