Women and girls can’t exercise their reproductive rights without laws and policies that support access to safe abortion and contraception. Ipas works to educate policymakers about the need for safe abortion, to train police and lawyers on how to uphold women’s rights within legal systems, and to partner with local groups that advocate for sexual and reproductive rights.
When abortion is a crime, women suffer—along with their families and communities. While criminal abortion laws intend to prevent abortion, the reality is they do not. Instead, these laws increase the number of women and girls who resort to unsafe abortion methods, risking death or injury as a result. Moreover, where abortion is illegal, women and health providers can be prosecuted and sent to jail for seeking or providing abortions. Around the globe, Ipas works with partners to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of criminal abortion laws and the importance of safe, legal abortion to protect women’s health and human rights.
Few people realize that women actually go to jail in countries where abortion is illegal. It’s a connection people don’t make.Ipas Senior Policy Advisor Gillian Kane