Resources

Ipas produces a variety of materials—from research summaries, advocacy papers and tools, training curricula to topical publications. Resources are listed alphabetically; search within the collection by language, country, region and/or topic using the filter controls below.

Note: Single printed copies of many resources are available at no charge to developing-country nationals; shipping and handling fees apply for multiple publications.

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Barriers to Abortion

Legal and Policy Barriers to Abortion

Standards and guidelines around creating laws and policies on abortion. More »

Young Women and Abortion: A situation assessment guide

Young Women and Abortion: A situation assessment guide

This guide focuses on ways to plan, implement, use and finalize an assessment of how young women and their communities relate to abortion, through locally relevant, community and/or youth-led processes. It is designed to gain insights into the local context surrounding abortion care for young women to inform program ... More »

Protecting Women’s Access to Safe Abortion Care—A Guide to Understanding the Human Rights to Privacy and Confidentiality: Helping Advocates Navigate ‘Duty to Report’ Requirements

Protecting Women’s Access to Safe Abortion Care—A Guide to Understanding the Human Rights to Privacy and Confidentiality: Helping Advocates Navigate ‘Duty to Report’ Requirements

This resource is primarily intended to help legal and policy advocates utilize the concept of privacy to support providers in guaranteeing women’s right to confidential abortion care. Health-care professionals may also find the resource provides useful guidelines on protecting patient privacy. Included is a review of ... More »

Criminal laws and other legal restrictions relating to sexual

Criminal laws and other legal restrictions relating to sexual & reproductive health and the right to health

This is a two-page flyer that summarizes key points of the August 2011 report by Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, who calls for rescinding criminal and restrictive laws related to abortion. More »

Midwives Matter

Midwives Matter

Midwives are the front line in keeping women healthy—through pre- and postnatal care and through comprehensive reproductive health care, including safe abortion. When skilled midwives make these important services available, accessible and affordable, they play a key role in reducing maternal mortality. This ... More »

Safe and Effective Provision of Abortion Care by Midlevel Providers

Safe and Effective Provision of Abortion Care by Midlevel Providers

Two-page fact sheet outlining the evidence showing that midlevel providers—such as midwives, nurse practitioners and clinical officers—can provide first-trimester vacuum aspiration and medical abortions as safely and effectively as physicians. More »

Woman-Centered, Comprehensive Abortion Care Trainer’s Manual, Second Edition

Woman-Centered, Comprehensive Abortion Care Trainer’s Manual, Second Edition

This manual is a resource for trainers who lead training courses for health-care workers delivering all elements of woman-centered, comprehensive abortion care, including postabortion care. It contains all of the instructions and materials needed to help participants develop the knowledge and skills necessary to ... More »

Provider Snapshot: Evelyne Mutio

Provider Snapshot: Evelyne Mutio

A photostory of a midwife working in Nairobi, Kenya. More »

Supporting women during medical abortion (full version with subtitles)

This video documents the successful accompaniment network model developed by Mexican NGO Las Libres to support women in the restrictive State of Guanajuato through the process of medical abortion. Women share their own stories of how accompaniment helped them obtain access and support for medical abortion and why the ... More »

Supporting women during medical abortion (with subtitles)

Tráiler: Apoyando a las mujeres durante el aborto con medicamentos (tráiler de la película con subtítulos)   This video documents the successful accompaniment network model developed by Mexican NGO Las Libres to support women in the restrictive State of Guanajuato through the process of medical abortion. Women ... More »

The impact on young women when abortion is a crime.

The impact on young women when abortion is a crime.

This fact sheet highlights the disproportionately high impact of criminal abortion laws on young women. In places where abortion is a crime, women who are young, poor, uneducated and facing an unwanted pregnancy are at greater risk of resorting to illegal and unsafe abortions, and consequently being investigated, ... More »

Because Winter 2014

Because Winter 2014

This issue delves into abortion and religion, highlighting that many abortion providers are deeply religious and believe that providing abortion care is an act of faith. We also examine how Crisis Pregnancy Centers that purport to help women but spread misinformation about abortion have gone global and take a look at ... More »

Are young women in India prepared to deal with sexual and reproductive health issues? A case study of Jharkhand, India

Young Indian women often face social, economic, logistical, policy and health system barriers when accessing sexual and reproductive health services, including safe abortion care.  A cross-sectional household survey was conducted in July – August 2012 in Jharkhand, India. We interviewed 1,381 young women (15-24 ... More »

Woman-centered postabortion care: Reference manual, Second Edition

Woman-centered postabortion care: Reference manual, Second Edition

This manual is designed to prepare health-care workers to provide women with high-quality postabortion care services.  It is useful for a broad audience—including clinicians, trainers, program managers and outreach workers. It provides in-depth clinical information on safe, effective options for first-trimester ... More »

Ensuring women’s right to safe legal abortion and gender equality in the post-2015 development goals

Ensuring women’s right to safe legal abortion and gender equality in the post-2015 development goals

This publication explains how international conferences and development agendas have increasingly recognized women’s reproductive rights, including the right to safe abortion, as a necessary component of achieving gender equality. The document calls on world leaders to focus on gender equality and decriminalization of ... More »

Joe Cherabie: Why medical students need training on safe abortion

Ipas works with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) to train medical students from around the world on the importance of safe abortion access for women's health. Here, Joe Cherabie, a medical student in Lebanon and IFMSA student trainer on safe abortion, explains why he believes these ... More »

Kelly Thompson: Why medical students need training on safe abortion

Ipas works with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) to train medical students from around the world on the importance of safe abortion access for women's health. Here, Kelly Thompson, a medical student in Australia and IFMSA student trainer on safe abortion, explains why he believes ... More »

Accreditation of Private Sector Health Facilities for Provision of Comprehensive Abortion Care Services: An Initiative of the Government of Bihar

Accreditation of Private Sector Health Facilities for Provision of Comprehensive Abortion Care Services: An Initiative of the Government of Bihar

Recognizing the need to increase access to safe abortion services to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, in 2011 the Government of Bihar developed a new mechanism of accrediting and subsidizing private health care facilities. The program, Yukti Yojana (“a scheme for solution”), accredits eligible health ... More »

Clinical updates in reproductive health

Clinical updates in reproductive health

Clinical Updates in Reproductive Health (CURHs) are designed to provide Ipas staff, trainers, partners and other health-care providers with access to up-to-date, evidence-based recommendations. In general, the recommendations are the same as those in the World Health Organization's 2012 Safe Abortion: Technical and ... More »

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