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Can midlevel providers administer medical abortion as safely as physicians?

Yes, there is strong evidence that trained midlevel providers such as nurses, midwives and clinical officers can provide first-trimester medical abortion as safely and effectively as physicians. Backed by this evidence, health-care system ... More »

Ipas @40: Four decades of life-saving service delivery

Forty years after our founding, Ipas remains committed to providing training and clinical mentoring and other provider, facility and health systems support essential for high-quality abortion service delivery. Much work remains to be ... More »

Ipas to fund innovative research on women’s use of medical abortion in South Africa

Ipas announces two small grant awards that are funding innovative research in South Africa attempting to better understand the safety and prevalence of women using medical abortion (abortion with pills) outside the formal health system. ... More »

Social media campaign in Nigeria takes aim at sexual violence

In countries around the world, sexual violence against women and girls contributes to their higher risk of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion. In Nigeria, a youth-led social media campaign is raising awareness of the link between ... More »

Making care more accessible in South Africa: The introduction of medical abortion

South Africa’s national abortion guidelines say women are entitled to accessible, equitable abortion care at state facilities. But many women aren’t able to get care because fewer than 50 percent of the public-health facilities ... More »

Film highlights Mexican organization Las Libres’s unique model for supporting women during medical abortion

Aiming to inform and inspire organizations and advocates around the world, Ipas partner Las Libres has produced a short documentary film detailing its successful “accompaniment model” that pairs women seeking medical abortion ... More »

Monday, September 08, 2014

Health and human rights organizations call for end to unnecessary restrictions that harm women's health worldwide

Washington, DC (September 8, 2014) – In a letter to President Obama, a broad-based coalition of leading domestic and global organizations spanning women’s rights, health, human rights, reproductive justice, young people, the LGBT ... More »

Thursday, July 17, 2014

South Africa’s Minister of Social Development calls for reproductive justice and access to safe abortion

At a two-day conference held in Johannesburg last month, Ipas global leaders and staff met with key government officials and civil-society partners to explore how best to continue working collaboratively toward a future for sustainable ... More »

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

House Committee votes to bring abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers in line with other federal employees, military

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee today approved a measure that would enable Peace Corps volunteers to have what other federal employees and members of the military have: health coverage that covers abortion in cases of rape, incest ... More »

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

India launches new initiatives to improve access to safe abortion care

The government of India has launched two national initiatives aimed at saving women’s lives by making comprehensive abortion care accessible to more women. Even though India enacted a liberal abortion law more than 40 years ago, an ... More »

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Swedish government approves increased support for Ipas, reaffirms commitment to women's access to safe abortion

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has approved a major four-year grant to Ipas, establishing itself as Ipas’s largest core donor. “Sida has a strong commitment to advancing sexual and reproductive health and ... More »

Friday, May 23, 2014

New estimates point to global decline in the number of women dying from unsafe abortion

New reports from the United Nations and other organizations suggest a pronounced decline in maternal mortality worldwide and indicate that global efforts to reduce deaths of women from unsafe abortion are beginning to work. One of the new ... More »

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Governments gathered at the United Nations call for access to safe abortion and new efforts to address discriminatory laws

The 47th session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development ended April 12 with a call from governments to promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as key priorities for ... More »

Monday, April 14, 2014

Broadening the base of providers offering safe abortion care

Once a country with one of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws, Nepal today offers safe and legal abortion services in each of its 75 districts. The expansion of safe abortion care is one of several strategies that helped ... More »

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Global leaders call for accelerated action on safe, legal abortion

WASHINGTON—Political, health and human rights leaders from more than 25 countries issued a declaration today, “The Airlie Declaration for Safe Legal Abortion,” calling for the repeal of all criminal abortion laws and ... More »

Monday, March 17, 2014

International support for women’s right to safe abortion sought at UN’s Commission on the Status of Women

“For the world to continue reducing maternal mortality, countries will need to provide all women with comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, including safe abortion, and eliminate laws that make abortion a crime,” says ... More »

Monday, March 10, 2014

New guidance for evidence-based safe abortion care

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new, online document to assist health professionals in the provision of evidence-based safe abortion care. The Clinical Practice Handbook for Safe Abortion is a companion to the 2012 ... More »

Friday, March 07, 2014

Ipas lauds focus on gender equality for International Women’s Day

As Ipas celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8 and as world leaders prepare to create a new global development agenda at the upcoming International Conference on Population and Development Beyond 2014, Ipas joins the many ... More »

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Out of the fire of anger: A women’s center in Tanzania opens a pharmacy to bring misoprostol to rural communities

When the staff of the Women’s Promotion Center (WPC) in Tanzania’s rural Kigoma Region realized women were suffering and dying unnecessarily from unsafe abortion—and that misoprostol could provide an option for safe ... More »

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Harm reduction: A novel approach to addressing unsafe abortion

Most people associate the public health model called harm reduction with the innovative clean needle exchange programs started in the 1980s to curb HIV infection among intravenous drug users. Since then, however, harm reduction has become ... More »

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