Chief Executive Officer, Ipas Development Foundation: Vinoj Manning

India has one of Asia’s broadest abortion laws. Abortions may be performed by a registered physician in a government-approved hospital or facility during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. However, in this sprawling country of more than one billion people, progressive laws do not guarantee access to safe abortion services. Unsafe abortions still far outnumber legal procedures; an estimated 60% of abortions performed in India are unsafe.

Ipas works in India in partnership with the Ipas Development Foundation (IDF), operating a program that covers 14 states. The program started with training providers and promoting safe abortion technologies at the state and district levels. Ipas and IDF now also work to implement the abortion law, advocate for increased commitment to women’s access to safe services, forge partnerships, and strengthen the public health system at all levels to create high-quality, comprehensive abortion care services. The program also works to ensure youth access to comprehensive reproductive health services and information, including contraception and safe abortion care.

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India says abortion is essential during COVID-19; telemedicine can make it accessible

By recognizing that women’s need for abortion is essential and urgent, the Government of India is showing that it cares about its people, says Anisha Aggarwal of the Ipas Development Foundation. But, she notes, in a time when “in-person client-doctor meeting is both risky and difficult, and denial or delay of services can have adverse outcomes, I strongly believe that it is time to harness the potential of telemedicine for abortions.”
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Anisha Aggarwal, Senior Director – Strategy and Development, Ipas Development Foundation

‘Not a single mask of a woman’

Nidhi Verma of the Ipas Development Foundation took this photo of street masks as she was heading out of a metro station one day. Why? Because “there was not a single mask of a woman.” She was taking part in a “photovoice” project and felt the photo perfectly represented women’s lack of power over almost everything in their lives, including abortion care. She explains her thinking in this video.

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IDF in the news

Government doctors are being trained to help women in India get safe and legal abortions(

Parliament must join the courts in ensuring women’s right to safe abortions(The Wire)

Self-managing abortions safely(The Hindu)

Abortions may be legal in India, but 60% are unsafe(The Times of India)

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