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 2018


Women and girls received abortion care at Ipas-supported facilities


Contraceptive care methods—including postabortion and standalone—provided


People learned about safe abortion in workshops, trainings and other activities

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When ‘women don’t really have a say over their bodies’

Patrick Djemo, country representative for Ipas DRC, shares how the program is making progress for women and girls.
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Proven once again: Legal restrictions on abortion are harmful to women’s health

The evidence has shown for years that restricting abortion does not prevent abortion—it simply pushes women to illegal and unsafe abortions. An important new study published in The Lancet Global Health further confirms those findings. The study says the Global Gag Rule, a U.S. policy that restricts foreign nongovernmental organizations that receive U.S. funding from engaging in abortion-related work, in fact increases abortion prevalence in the sub-Saharan African countries most affected by the policy.

This brings new attention to the harm of legal and policy restrictions on abortion. Through the Helms amendment and the Global Gag Rule, the U.S. government is preventing poor people in developing countries from getting the health care they need, which leads to higher rates of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion.”
Patty Skuster, Ipas senior legal advisor
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Reproductive health care for Rohingya refugees

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