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.

We train abortion providers, support health systems, and work with partners to ensure high-quality abortion services are available, accessible and meet people’s needs.

For many people, lack of information is a major barrier to abortion and contraception. We find innovative ways to connect people with the health information they need.

People can’t determine their own futures without laws and policies that support access to abortion and contraception. We advocate around the world for legal, accessible abortion.

Protecting and expanding abortion access during the COVID-19 pandemic

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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.