Too often neglected--safe abortion care in crisis settings

Monday, June 20, 2016

World Refugee Day, observed on June 20 each year, was established by the United Nations more than 15 years ago to call attention to the plight of millions of people worldwide who live in refugee camps and other crisis settings, driven from their homes by conflict, natural disaster and other violent events. For women and girls in these settings, the need to control their reproductive lives is ...

Ipas stands in solidarity against hate crimes

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The shooting rampage in a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was a horrendous instance of violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. “This atrocious act of violence was a deliberate attack against members of a marginalized community,” says John Hetherington, Ipas president and chief executive officer. “Our hearts are with the victims’ families and friends.” Ipas ...

Study explores use of mobile technology to help women self-assess their eligibility for early medical abortion

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New research from South Africa suggests that women can use mobile devices, such as phones or tablets, to accurately assess their eligibility for medical abortion via an online gestational age calculator. Findings from the Ipas-funded research project were recently published in the journal Reproductive Health. Led by principal investigator Dr. Jane Harries at the University of Cape Town, the study ...

Ipas mourns the passing of Zambia Country Director Edford Mutuma

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Edford Mutuma, who died Monday, May 30, was a champion and tireless advocate for the reproductive rights of women and young people. It was Ipas’s privilege to have Edford serve as the Country Director for Zambia – he brought more than 15 years of experience in population and development work in Africa, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and youth and development. “Edford’s ...

Brazil’s restrictive abortion laws and the Zika virus

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Marina Leite’s story is portrayed in a New York Times video, “Abortion in the Time of Zika,” that explores the challenges facing pregnant women in a country where access to abortion is severely restricted.

Police as partners in improving abortion access

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Police officers can be important allies in efforts to improve women’s access to safe abortion care. Ipas has worked with police in Ghana and other countries since 2009, and in the newly published manual, A Practical Guide for Partnering with Police to Improve Abortion Access, shares lessons and guidance based on that experience. “Even in countries where abortion is legal, a ...