Zika epidemic highlights women’s access to safe abortion as a basic human right

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Near the end of January, several governments in Latin America and the Caribbean called for women to delay pregnancy until the Zika virus is no longer a threat. These recommendations came after increasing evidence that shows a potential link between Zika in pregnant women and microcephaly in infants. “This warning might not sound preposterous to many—but in most of these countries, ...

The American Public Health Association adopts new policies on abortion and contraception

Monday, February 1, 2016

At its Annual Meeting in November 2015, the American Public Health Association (APHA) adopted three new far-reaching statements to support access to abortion and contraception and promote reproductive justice. The statements include a policy calling for an end to restrictions on funding for legal abortion services, which “deny, delay and impede access to abortion services, increasing ...

In Malawi, access to safe, legal abortion could lower health system costs

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Health complications from unsafe abortion are preventable. Access to safe abortion doesn’t just give women the ability to exercise their rights—it saves lives. And increasing access to safe abortion can also save countries money. In Sub-Saharan Africa, health system costs to treat unsafe abortion complications range from $68 to $76 million per year. Yet health systems could ...

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights launches campaign to decriminalize abortion

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

On Jan. 18, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) launched a continental campaign for the decriminalization of abortion in Africa to bring attention to unsafe abortion which significantly threatens women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights. ACHPR announced the campaign during the African Union Gender is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) meeting ...

Ipas names first recipients of Maguire Fellowship for Young Leaders

Friday, January 15, 2016

Ipas is proud to announce the 2016 recipients of the Maguire Fellowship for Young Leaders, an international leadership development program for young professionals in the field of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). In its inaugural year, the fellowship will support the leadership development of four young Ipas staff—one from each of the four regions where Ipas ...

Sierra Leone Parliament votes to reform abortion law

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Today in Sierra Leone, the country’s parliament voted in favor of a new abortion law that will make safe abortion legal. There was overwhelming support, with no opposition votes. According to the World Health Organization, Sierra Leone has the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world, including significant contribution from unsafe abortion. Honorable Isata Kabia brought forward a ...