Work Location: The Americas

Mexico

Director, Ipas Central America and Mexico: María Antonieta Alcalde In 2007, Mexico City passed landmark legislation to make abortion legal during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Ipas worked with legislators, media and activists to promote the law change. Since then,...

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Chile

Abortion restrictions in Chile loosened in 2017, and abortion is now legally available in cases of rape, fetal malformation and risk to a woman’s life. Still, real access to legal abortion care remains limited due to a lack of trained providers. In particular, the...

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Central America

Director, Ipas Central America and Mexico: María Antonieta Alcalde In Central America, Ipas works in one of the most restrictive legal environments for abortion in the world. Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador have complete abortion bans; in El Salvador, women are...

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Bolivia

Ipas Bolivia Director: Malena Morales Abortion is only legal in Bolivia in cases of rape, incest and immediate risk to a woman’s health or life. Consequently, unsafe abortion is the third leading cause of maternal death, and an estimated 185 women undergo clandestine...

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Argentina

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...

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‘Everyone is welcome at my hospital’

An abortion provider in Mexico on why everyone deserves access to comprehensive services Dr. Georgina Díaz Orozco is a doctor and Ipas-trained abortion provider in Guadalajara, Mexico. She is also one of the few providers in the state of Jalisco to offer abortion care after the first trimester—due to stigma, most doctors will not perform […]

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Training pharmacy workers in Mexico to support abortion self-care

The abortion drug misoprostol is readily available in most pharmacies in Mexico and can be obtained without a prescription. This means that many women choose abortion self-care—and that pharmacy workers play a crucial role in ensuring women can purchase misoprostol without facing stigma, judgment or misinformation.   That’s why Ipas Central America and Mexico (Ipas […]

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Mexico’s Oaxaca State decriminalizes abortion and makes history

Mexico’s Oaxaca State has become only the second state in the country to decriminalize abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. A revision to the state’s penal code means that women and girls can now legally access abortion services—including from public health centers—without fear of prosecution.  “We celebrate this reform, as the government of […]

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‘Quiero que tengamos soberanía sobre nuestros propios cuerpos’

Estudiante universitaria y defensora de los derechos reproductivos en Chile comparte sus esperanzas para un futuro mejor  Mariana Sánchez es una estudiante en pedagogía en historia y ciencias sociales, en la Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, ubicada en Santiago, Chile. Allí, ella dirige a otras mujeres jóvenes en el trabajo para prevenir y abordar la […]

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‘I want to see us have sovereignty over our own bodies’

A college student and reproductive rights advocate in Chile shares why she’s hopeful for the future  Mariana Sánchez is a student at the Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano in Chile, where she is completing her undergraduate degree in history and science education. There, she leads other young women in work to prevent and address campus […]

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Dr. Graciela Lukin: ‘I was born to do what I’m doing’

Argentinian provider Dr. Graciela Lukin on what motivates her Read the profile in Spanish here. Graciela Lukin always wanted to help people. At 17, when people began to ask her what she planned to do after high school, she decided she wanted to pursue medicine. She enrolled in the University of Buenos Aires’ School of Medicine, where she would complete […]

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Ipas Mexico app helps providers access safe abortion information

By Laura Andrade  A new app released last week by Ipas Mexico will make it easier for health-care providers and abortion service providers to access information about safe abortion. “Ipas App Mx” offers user-friendly, visually engaging digital tools designed to educate providers and decrease women’s barriers to accessing safe abortion. The free app, which is in Spanish and only available in Mexico, can be found on the online stores for Android and iOS.   The app contains four informational and interactive modules:   The regulatory framework for legal abortion in Mexico;   Technologies recommended to perform safe […]

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A women’s rights champion in Central America passes the torch

Marta María Blandón’s advice to young activists: Invest in partnerships, never lose sight of adversaries En Español After decades of tireless work across Central America, Marta María Blandón is widely recognized as a highly effective and passionate champion for women’s sexual and reproductive rights in the region.    “Marta María is never afraid to speak up and speak out when […]

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Catholicism ‘not an unsurmountable barrier’ to liberalizing abortion in Mexico

Mexico has the second-largest population of Catholics in the world, which typically is seen as posing a major obstacle to expanding legal access to abortion. But a new study challenges that notion.  The study, published in the journal Contraception, says Catholicism is “not an unsurmountable barrier to liberalization of abortion.” Using survey data from 2,669 […]

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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 combat the problem and ensure victims can access adequate care, including safe abortion services. The study, “Sexual violence and child […]

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Meet Bolivia’s champions for abortion rights

Their grassroots movement broke the silence on the need for safe, legal abortion Historic law change doesn’t happen overnight. In Bolivia, a grassroots movement for safe, legal abortion has been building for many years, harnessing the power of leaders from across the country’s diverse population—which has more than 30 indigenous groups. As momentum grew for […]

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Doctors as champions for abortion rights

Ipas’s Dr. Guillermo Ortiz says the health needs of women should come first A movement for safe, legal abortion in El Salvador has been building in recent years, and doctors like Ipas’s Dr. Guillermo Ortiz are also starting to speak out. As an OB-GYN who practiced for more than 20 years under the country’s total […]

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