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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 »

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 30 countries issued a declaration today, “The Airlie Declaration for Safe Legal Abortion,” calling for the repeal of all criminal abortion laws and universal access to ... 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 »

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Constitutional court issues decision on abortion restrictions in Bolivia

In a ruling that marks a significant step forward for women’s rights in the region, Bolivia’s highest court, the Plurinational Constitutional Court, issued a decision ending the requirement for judicial authorization for women seeking ... More »

Monday, January 27, 2014

Unsafe abortion common in Malawi

In Malawi, abortion is legal only to save a woman’s life. Yet despite this restrictive law, women in Malawi seek abortion for a variety of reasons, including poverty, unplanned pregnancy or fear of being forced out of school. In a study ... More »

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ipas Director of Development Katie Early to receive prestigious Sanger Award

CHAPEL HILL—On Thursday, January 23, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Central North Carolina will present Ipas Director of Development Katie Early with the Margaret Sanger Award at their annual Champions of Choice breakfast. Named ... More »

Monday, December 09, 2013

At film launch, Zambian first lady calls for improved access to safe, legal abortion

On Nov. 28, Ipas Zambia, in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Community Development, Mother and Child launched “Conversations on Abortion,” a documentary about unsafe abortion and maternal health in Zambia. Reflecting ... More »

Monday, November 11, 2013

Programs integrating abortion and contraceptive services expand women’s reproductive health options in Ethiopia

With the International Conference on Family Planning 2013 on Nov. 12-15 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, two notable trends in this country—increases in women’s access to medical abortion and to postabortion contraception ... More »

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Human Rights Committee to Bolivia: Stop arresting women for abortion

Ipas welcomes recent recommendations from the United Nations Human Rights Committee calling on Bolivia to cease prosecuting women for illegal abortions and to remove judicial barriers to legal abortion. The Human Rights Committee monitors ... More »

Friday, November 01, 2013

Is it safe for women to receive a contraceptive implant on the same day they start a medical abortion?

Yes. The World Health Organization’s guidance is that hormonal contraceptive methods including pills, patches, rings, injectables and implants may be started on the day of the first pill of medical abortion for women who choose these ... More »

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ipas President and CEO Elizabeth Maguire honored with the Carl S. Shultz Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Public Health Association is presenting the 2013 Carl S. Shultz Lifetime Achievement Award to Elizabeth Maguire for her more than 40 years of experience and commitment to women’s reproductive health.   “During the last 14 ... More »

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Ipas review of research confirms abortion safe and effective for young women

Despite evidence that abortion and postabortion contraceptives are safe for young women, myths persist in clinics and communities around the world that prevent young women from being able to access these necessary services. Dispelling ... More »

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Uruguay makes progress on reproductive rights: An interview with Lilián Abracinskas

Uruguay’s strong movement for sexual and reproductive rights gained international attention in 2012 when the government voted to liberalize the nation’s abortion law—a significant event in Latin America, a region with some of the most ... More »

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Youth perspectives reveal abortion stigma and gender inequity are barriers to education on safe abortion

When Ipas Mexico staff set out to create educational comics for low-income youth on sexual and reproductive health, they planned to include information about pregnancy prevention and safe abortion services. What they discovered, however, ... More »

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Behavior change communication efforts increase knowledge of safe abortion in India

Though 40 years have passed since India legalized abortion, many women in India are not aware of the law, nor do they have accurate information on where to find safe care, leading them to seek abortions from unqualified providers and ... More »

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