UN Launches Global Strategy for Women’s Health

Friday, October 2, 2015

Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, supported by commitments from governments, international organizations, the private sector, foundations, research and academic institutions, and other key civil society partners, including Ipas. It outlines ambitious yet achievable targets that ...

Rwanda’s penal code puts women and girls at risk of unsafe abortion and imprisonment

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hundreds of Rwandan women and girls are unjustly harassed, arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned each year on abortion-related charges, according to a new report from Ipas and the Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD). Even though the Rwandan penal code was revised in 2012 to permit abortion for some indications, the report describes how legal, cultural and other ...

Welcome CEO and President John Hetherington

Monday, September 21, 2015

Ipas’s new president officially began work September 15. John Hetherington brings more than 20 years of experience working in global development—in some of the world’s most difficult areas. “I was lucky to be able to work in reproductive health for about 18 years and that led me to want to work on abortion and for Ipas,” Hetherington says.

Malawi political parties unite to reform abortion law

Thursday, September 10, 2015

In a bold and unprecedented move, leaders from all 11 political parties in Malawi signed a communique—an official statement on the record—supporting both law reform on abortion and the passing of a proposed draft bill into law. Malawi has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world—24 percent of maternal deaths being attributable to unsafe abortion. According to a ...

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 ...