Yemmi had no idea that Saron, her 14-year-old daughter, was pregnant until she found the girl — unconscious and bleeding profusely — on the dirt floor of their ramshackle house. She begged a neighbor to load Saron onto a donkey cart and take her to the nearest clinic, 12 miles away. Their efforts were too late, however, and on the way to the clinic, Saron died from blood loss and infection — the result of an unsafe abortion.

In 2004, the Ethiopian Parliament passed one of Africa’s most progressive abortion laws. A year later, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health (MOH) released guidelines for safe abortion services, making major progress toward implementing revisions of the country’s abortion law. As Ethiopia charts new ground with its abortion law, Ipas Ethiopia has become a regional leader in establishing safe abortion services and creating reproductive health networks. Based in Addis Ababa, Ipas Ethiopia works to expand access to high-quality comprehensive abortion care and raise awareness about preventing unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion. With a study of abortion complications in Ethiopia showing that a high percentage of deaths from unsafe abortion occurred among women in the second trimester of pregnancy, Ipas Ethiopia also has worked with the MOH since 2010 to introduce second-trimester medical abortion services into all major states and regions of the country.