Founded in 1973, Ipas is a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion. Through local, national and global partnerships, Ipas works to ensure that women can obtain safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion care, including counseling and contraception to prevent future unintended pregnancies.
What They Do
Every minute of every day, women who do not have access to safe abortion care take great risks to end unintended pregnancies. Many lose their lives. Others suffer serious, often permanent injuries. Ipas is dedicated to saving women’s lives by preventing unsafe abortion. Working with local partners around the world, Ipas works to improve women’s access and right to safe, high-quality abortion care and reproductive health services.
They ADVOCATE for safe abortion and the reform of restrictive laws that harm women.
They ENGAGE WOMEN AND MEN IN THEIR COMMUNITIES to expand their knowledge of reproductive health and rights.
Their work is grounded in COMPREHENSIVE ABORTION CARE, which includes postabortion care, counseling and family planning.
They RESEARCH the impact of unsafe abortion and document best abortion care practices and policies.
They TRAIN doctors, nurses and non-physician providers in clinical and counseling skills for comprehensive abortion care.
They WORK TO ENSURE YOUTH ACCESS to comprehensive reproductive health services and information, including contraception and safe abortion care.
Ipas works with health-care systems and providers to increase their skills and capacity to deliver safe abortion services. They work with nations’ ministries of health to interpret laws governing abortion in the broadest terms possible and to write standards and guidelines for abortion care accordingly to ensure access for as many women as possible.
They educate health-care providers and administrators about the importance of providing safe abortion services as a matter of public health and human rights. And they work to bolster the number of available abortion providers by advocating for laws and policies that allow non-physician providers to perform abortion services and referrals; they also work to train these non-physician provider groups, such as certified nurse midwives and community health volunteers, and to support their work within the communities they serve.
Where They Work
Unsafe abortion continues to take women's lives everywhere—in nations from Bolivia to South Africa. To combat this underrecognized public health crisis, Ipas has offices on four continents and in countries with significant levels of abortion-related maternal mortality. They also maintain a presence in more than 20 other countries, where they train and equip health-care workers and systems to provide safe abortion care.