Each year, 25 million women and girls around the world have unsafe abortions. We’re working to bring that number to zero.

Ipas is the only international organization solely focused on expanding access to safe abortion and contraceptive care. Across Africa, Asia and Latin America, we work with partners to train abortion providers, connect women with vital information so they can access services, and to advocate for safe, legal abortion.

Our work is urgent

44,000 women and girls die each year from unsafe abortions, and millions more suffer serious, often permanent injuries. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Around the world, our programs strive to improve reproductive health services for women and girls, increase their access to these services, and expand their sexual and reproductive rights.

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Our impact in FY 2019

731,261

Women and girls received abortion care at Ipas-supported facilities

2,597,468

Contraceptive care methods—including postabortion and standalone—provided

389,000

Unsafe abortions we helped avert*
* Numerators modeled using MSI Impact 2 Version 4.

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As Roe v. Wade turns 47, it’s time for reflection and action

Since the day Roe v. Wade was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22, 1973, it has been vulnerable and under attack by anti-abortion activists and organizations who want to outlaw the procedure. Their interest in curbing women’s reproductive autonomy is not limited to U.S. domestic policy; the battle against Roe includes restricting how U.S. development aid is spent. The Global Gag Rule, reinstated by President Trump on January 23, 2017, is one of the most harmful policies, with wide-reaching health and legal consequences for women and girls. These anniversaries are an opportunity to recommit to keeping abortion legal in the United States and ensuring that women throughout the world have the right to access an abortion, without interference or bias from the U.S. government.”
GILLIAN KANE, Ipas senior manager, policy
The Global Gag Rule doesn’t reduce abortion, it only makes abortion unsafe. What reduces the need for abortion is comprehensive sexuality education programs, access to contraceptives, and quality abortion services. The Global Gag Rule is a cruel policy, because it prevents the world’s most vulnerable women, the ones most in need of services, from receiving the information and care they have the right to.”
MARÍA ANTONIETA ALCALDE CASTRO, Director, Ipas Central America and Mexico
María Antonieta Alcalde, Director for Central America and Mexico
The Global Gag Rule harms women because it goes against the realization of women’s fundamental right to make informed decisions about their bodies and health. In Mozambique, we’ve seen a reduction in funding, a reduction in donated contraceptives—including condoms—and a reduction in cutting-edge leadership and technical expertise in the field of sexual and reproductive health and safe abortion.”
JORGE MATINE, Director, Ipas Mozambique
Jorge Matine, Director, Ipas Mozambique
It’s 2020. Why is the United States so out of step?

U.S. states like Louisiana continue to pass extreme laws to limit abortion. If the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Louisiana law, the legal right to abortion established in Roe V. Wade will be dangerously undermined.

Around the world, countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continue to expand access to abortion. Ipas and strategic partners helped to shift the legal landscape in the DRC so that women can legally access abortion under a broader range of conditions.

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We’ve learned that when we work to empower women, we need to include men in the process if we want to see real change. Watch Krishna Pingua, a youth leader in India, talk about his passion for sharing sexual and reproductive health information with other men in his community—and read about how he and other young men are making a difference.

Samuel Lamptey© Nicholas Seun Adatsi

When men support family planning and abortion services, it makes the world a better place

Samuel Lamptey, Ipas Ghana Youth Advisory Board

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Time to put abortion top of the SRHR agenda

Ipas President and CEO Anu Kumar calls for a global abortion summit—and explains the five key recommendations put forth in the Global Abortion Declaration signed by more than 350 organizations.
Read her opinion in Devex
Ipas President and CEO Anu Kumar

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