Our Work

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We are unapologetically focused on people who want contraception or abortion, and we build our programs around their needs.

Traditional male and female gender roles often deny women the power to make their own reproductive health decisions—including about abortion and contraception. To create a world where women have the agency and support to take control of their reproductive lives, Ipas works to educate both women and men on the importance of gender equity and reproductive rights.

We know that complex factors in a woman’s country, community and personal life all intersect and overlap to put her in control of making her own reproductive health choices—or to prevent her from doing so. Gender, racial and economic inequities in health-care systems around the world make it difficult for women, people of color, LGBTQ people and other marginalized groups to get the essential health care they need. These same structural inequities have long blocked equitable access to abortion care. 

That’s why Ipas, as part of the broader reproductive justice movement, is working to ensure that abortion and contraceptive care are essential health services—and that all people can access them. Our programs use a multifaceted approach that addresses reproductive health services, access to services and fulfillment of reproductive rights.

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Protecting and expanding abortion access during the COVID-19 pandemic

In times of crisis, we know that women and girls are often disproportionately affected.  Sexual and reproductive health care  may be  neglected  or  difficult to  access.  Ipas is working to ensure that abortion care remains an essential health service  during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Focus Areas

Advancing gender equity

Advancing gender equity

Men can play a crucial role—as partners, family members, community leaders and professionals—in expanding abortion access.

Abortion in humanitarian settings

Abortion in humanitarian settings

People in crisis settings are at higher risk of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion—and urgently need access to safe abortion and contraception.

Abortion self-care

Abortion self-care

We are committed to supporting a woman’s right to have an abortion using pills—on her own, when and where she wants.

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Working with partners

Ipas cannot achieve our mission without the help of our many partners. We have developed a set of partnership principles that signal our commitment to working collaboratively with others so that together we can bring safe abortion and contraceptive services to all who need them.

Read our partnership principles