Ipas works in Argentina to reduce preventable injury and death from unsafe abortion. It is estimated that, each year, unsafe abortion accounts for 18% of pregnancy-related deaths and more than 50,000 preventable hospitalizations in Argentina. The country’s legal framework permits abortion in cases of rape and risk to the health or life of a woman. Still, many barriers to accessing safe abortion care remain, which are exacerbated by religious conservatism and abortion stigma.
Ipas’s work in Argentina includes collaborating with health ministry leaders and local partners to build health professionals’ capacity to provide safe, compassionate abortion care, including postabortion contraception. Ipas also works with these groups to advance the registration and availability of medications necessary for legal abortion services, and to ensure that guidelines and clinical protocols include clear information on how to provide legal abortion care. Additionally, Ipas works with partners to collect and share evidence on how to decrease the harm caused by some providers’ refusal to provide abortion care.