Complications from unsafe abortion remain high globally: new study findings

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Roughly seven million women were treated in the developing world for complications from unsafe abortion in 2012, according to a new study by Susheela Singh and Isaac Maddow-Zimet, researchers at the Guttmacher Institute. Not only is the number of women who experience complications very high—and preventable—but the cost for women, their families and governments to treat complications is ...

Nepal to provide free abortion services at public health facilities

Monday, August 17, 2015

In a major step forward for women’s access to safe abortion care, the government of Nepal recently announced that abortion services will be available free of charge at public health facilities. Abortion has been legal in Nepal since 2002 and is available in all 75 districts, but cost has been one of the key barriers preventing many women from getting services. “This is a breakthrough ...

Members of Congress call for easing restrictions on abortion in U.S. foreign aid

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Members of the U.S. Congress today released a letter sent to President Barack Obama, urging him to loosen restrictions on safe abortion care in U.S. foreign assistance, known as the Helms Amendment. The letter, signed by Reps. Eliot Engel and Jan Schakowsky and 79 other members, calls on the President to clarify that U.S. law permits exceptions to the Helms Amendment in cases of rape, incest or ...

The youth-friendly corner: Where all young people find safe, respectful health care

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

At Matero Reference Health Center in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, dedicated young volunteers staff the youth-friendly corner—a private space where young people come for counseling on sexual and reproductive health topics, including contraception and safe abortion. The health center serves a low-income community where young people struggle to access sexual and reproductive health care due ...

Short film highlights youth-led group’s work to fight sexual abuse with education

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A new video by Ipas Central America highlights the work of a youth-led collective in Nicaragua to prevent and combat sexual abuse through training workshops with teachers, students, parents and the media. Ipas began supporting the ambitious group “Youth who believe in other youth” (Jóvenes que creemos en otros jóvenes—or “JxJ Collective” for short) in ...

New guidelines from WHO on health worker roles in abortion care

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Health Worker Roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception is now available online from the World Health Organization (WHO).  The guidelines provide recommendations for expanding of health worker roles in the provision of safe abortion care, the management of complications of abortion, including postabortion care and emergency obstetric care, and for ...