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 ...

In Bolivia, Ipas trains police and judicial workers on legal provisions for abortion

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ipas Bolivia has launched a new initiative to increase women’s access to safe, legal abortion services in the public health system—an important step forward just two years after Bolivia’s highest court ruled to end a requirement for judicial authorization for women seeking legal abortions. In partnership with Bolivia’s Ministry of Justice, Ipas will train law enforcement, ...

Ipas and partners stress harms of criminal abortion laws in Latin America

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Inter-American Dialogue, a leading U.S. and foreign policy think tank, this week brought together Ipas and partners to raise awareness of a persistent human rights concern: Across Latin America, laws that make abortion a crime are violating women’s basic human rights. According to new research, laws in the region increasingly require or encourage health providers to report women to the ...

Ipas joins call to repeal NC’s discriminatory bill

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ipas opposes the NC General Assembly’s passing of HB2, a law that bans local governments from passing anti-discriminatory ordinances. HB2 strikes down existing protections for employees of state agencies, universities and local governments. Ipas believes gender, sexual, racial and other types of discrimination are often the root of inequality and, in particular, construct barriers to reproductive health care.

‘Clear and promising’ opportunities for expanding abortion care in francophone West Africa

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

With a new report concluding there is “a vast unmet need” for safe, induced abortion care in francophone West Africa, Ipas is stepping up work with national and international partners to expand comprehensive abortion care (CAC) service delivery and access in the region. According to the report, Comprehensive Abortion Care Needs and Opportunities in Francophone West Africa: Situational ...