Promising new evidence on the safe use of medical abortion by women and health volunteers

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Can women accurately self-assess their eligibility for medical abortion? New research from Nepal indicates that, with some simple guidance, they can—a finding with broad implications for the growing question of how much medical oversight of the medical abortion process is needed. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, is the first to examine women’s ability to self-determine ...

A major step forward in Chile

Monday, August 21, 2017

On Monday, August 21, Chile’s Constitutional Court voted in favor of lifting the total ban on abortion in the country. The measure legalizes abortion in cases where the woman’s life is in danger, when the fetus is not viable and in cases of rape. “Ipas applauds the Chilean government and the advocates who have worked tirelessly to make safe abortion a reality for Chilean women. This vote is a ...

What are the ‘foreseeable harms’ of the Trump global gag rule? A commentary looks at the evidence.

Monday, August 7, 2017

A new and detailed examination of the likely impact of President Trump’s Global Gag Rule points toward extensive and damaging effects in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Know the abortion laws and policies in your country? A new global resource can tell you

Friday, July 14, 2017

An open-access database of comprehensive information on global abortion laws and policies has been launched jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Population Division of the United Nations (UN) Department of Social and Economic Affairs.

‘Twittazo’ in Bolivia marks milestone in the fight for women’s right to safe abortion

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A social media initiative promoting the decriminalization of abortion in Bolivia scored international attention and the country’s first feminist hashtag to trend widely on Twitter: #DespenalizaMiDecisión (or “Decriminalize my decision” in English).

Linking women and girls to care

Thursday, June 29, 2017

In Busia County, Kenya, Ipas partnered with community health volunteers, health-care providers, county health officials and technology company Dimagi to design and test a mobile referrals system. It replaced logbooks and paper referral slips with smartphone applications and text messaging—and proved to be a promising way to link women and girls to reproductive health care, including abortion and contraceptive services.