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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 »

Ipas President and CEO Liz Maguire announces plan to step down in summer 2015

Ipas President and CEO, Liz Maguire, has announced her decision to step down in the summer of 2015, opening the way for the search to begin for a new President and CEO to be in place by that time.    According to Ms. ... More »

Friday, November 21, 2014

Unsafe abortion, and complications, too common in Malawi

In countries like Malawi, where safe abortion is restricted or not available, women often turn to clandestine and unsafe abortions when faced with an unintended pregnancy. However, abortion isn’t uncommon—roughly 67,300 induced ... More »

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Meet the expert: Measuring abortion stigma

Kristen Shellenberg, PhD, Ipas senior research advisor Dr. Shellenberg recently co-edited a special issue of Women and Health on abortion stigma. The special issue also features “Developing a Scale to Measure Stigmatizing Attitudes and ... More »

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Global leaders seek US leadership on abortion policy

In a video released on Nov. 11, leaders from Africa and Asia underscored the importance of U.S. leadership in addressing unsafe abortion, a leading cause of maternal mortality and morbidity in developing countries, and calling on the Obama ... More »

Monday, November 10, 2014

India poised to expand women’s access to safe, legal abortion

More women in India may soon be able to access safe, legal abortion services if a proposed amendment to the country’s Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act becomes law. The government of India is currently reviewing an amendment that ... More »

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Making high-quality abortion care a priority—even in the world’s most remote regions

How does quality improvement become part of the routine, ongoing process of providing abortion-related care? At Ipas-supported training and service delivery sites around the world, that question is getting special attention—and the effort ... More »

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In Sierra Leone, Ebola has a devastating effect on women

Despite improvements in the last several years, Sierra Leone’s maternal mortality ratio is one of the worst in the world. Now, the outbreak of Ebola further threatens the health of women and their families in Sierra ... More »

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Special journal issue highlights new research on abortion stigma

Abortion stigma is under-researched and few conceptual and methodological tools exist to measure its effects. In an effort to broaden the discussion around abortion stigma and spark further research and critical thinking, Women and Health ... More »

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

At UN General Assembly marking 20th anniversary of historic Cairo conference, governments reaffirm women's reproductive rights

At a Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the end of September, dozens of heads of state and other government leaders described their countries’ progress in advancing women’s reproductive health and rights, ... More »

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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 »

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, August 28, 2014

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 »

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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 »

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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, Mexican organization Las Libres has produced a short documentary film detailing its successful “accompaniment model” that pairs women seeking medical ... More »

Monday, August 11, 2014

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 »

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 »

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