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Abortion Law and Policy in Nigeria: Barriers to Women’s Access to Safe and Legal Care

This fact sheet looks at the policy implications of a national abortion incidence study showing that, even though abortion is heavily restricted throughout Nigeria, 1.25 million Nigerian women had an abortion in 2012. The study found that ... More »

Zika underscores need for reproductive justice for all women

In Latin America, government responses to the Zika virus have been weak, disregarding the best interests of pregnant women and those who may become pregnant. This brief outlines Ipas’s stance on governments’ responses to the ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Thursday, February 1, 2018

What You Need to Know About Abortion Restrictions on U.S. Global Health Assistance

If your organization receives global health assistance (monetary and non-monetary) from the U.S. government, there may be certain types of abortion-related work that you cannot perform—and these restrictions can even limit work ... 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 »

Monday, December 18, 2017

Behind the scenes of Bolivia’s historic abortion law change

Update:  In response to political pressure and protests against some provisions of the newly enacted penal code, Bolivian President Evo Morales repealed the code in its entirety on Jan. 21, 2018—including the abortion ... More »

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Reproductive health assistance for Rohingya refugees

Working with partners, Ipas Bangladesh is taking action to strengthen reproductive health services for Rohingya refugees at two camps and six government health facilities in Cox’s Bazar District in Bangladesh. In recent weeks, nearly ... More »

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Five portraits: How safe abortion saves women’s lives

The stories presented here are based on real lives and real events. Each one represents thousands of women around the world whose lives Ipas works to improve. Our work is urgent: 44,000 women and girls die each year from unsafe abortions, ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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, 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 »

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Making change happen: A review of progressive abortion policy change in Africa

An overview of progressive abortion policy changes and trends in Africa, primarily between 2010-2016. It outlines strategies in regional policy work by Ipas and partners and points to examples of positive policy change, such as national ... More »

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