Making abortion legal


Strengthening local and global movements for abortion rights

Women and girls—and all people who can get pregnant—can’t determine their own futures without laws and policies that support access to abortion and contraception. We advocate around the world for legal, accessible abortion.  

Ipas works to educate policymakers, and to train police and lawyers on how to uphold the rights of those seeking abortion care. We also partner with local groups that advocate for sexual and reproductive rights.

Our impact

In 2022, we built political support and leadership for abortion rights

policy changes to expand abortion access in 15 countries

public statements and commitments in support of abortion access in 18 countries

The case of Beatriz in El Salvador shows dangers of abortion bans

Before the end of 2023, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights is expected to rule in the case of Beatriz, a young woman from El Salvador who needed an abortion to protect her life and health but was denied this care because of her country’s total abortion ban. The Court’s ruling could benefit women in El Salvador and across the region.

‘This is a fight without borders’

A U.S. state legislator working to protect abortion access is finding inspiration in Mexico’s abortion rights movement. Here’s our Q & A with Rep. Julie von Haefen of North Carolina

Rep. Julie von Haefen of North Carolina

Unpacking the Texas abortion ban: White supremacy in the anti-rights movement

A thought-provoking conversation between Ipas President and CEO Anu Kumar and award-winning author, advocate, professor and social commentator Michele Goodwin. Both have spoken and written about how white supremacy drives the anti-abortion, anti-rights movement. In this virtual event, they touch on various examples, such as U.S. foreign policies like the Helms Amendment, the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and the recent law in Texas that effectively bans abortion after six weeks and empowers “bounty hunters” to report anyone connected to abortion.

We need ‘a clearer view’ of the impact of the world’s abortion laws

The number of people who live in humanitarian settings and need abortion care is growing, as is the number of people managing their abortions outside the formal health system. This calls for a more rigorous study of the true impact of abortion laws.

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Patty Skuster

Beyond the individual: Research shows abortion access has widespread benefits

Our research shows that when abortion is legal, it not only improves people’s own quality of life, but that of their families, communities and even countries.

Elisa Vega Sillo

Meet Bolivia’s champions for abortion rights

Inspiring leaders are helping drive Bolivia’s movement for safe, legal abortion—with support from Ipas Bolivia and others in their grassroots coalition.

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Ending criminal abortion laws

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

Resist, persist and take the long view

Ipas President and CEO Anu Kumar says the global movement for abortion rights has made great progress since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development—and we must keep fighting.

Read her blog

About Us

We work with partners around the world to advance reproductive justice by expanding access to abortion and contraception.

Ipas Sustainable Abortion Care

Our Work

The global movement for legal, accessible abortion is growing. Our staff and partners in countries as diverse as Bolivia, Malawi and India are working to ensure all people can access high-quality abortion care.

Where We Work

The global movement for legal, accessible abortion is growing. Our staff and partners in countries as diverse as Bolivia, Malawi and India are working to ensure all people can access high-quality abortion care.


Our materials are designed to help reproductive health advocates and professionals expand access to high-quality abortion care.

For health professionals

For advocates and decisionmakers


For humanitarian settings

Abortion VCAT resources

For researchers and program implementors