2016 News & Announcements

December 2016
We are thrilled to announce that Ibis Reproductive Health will work with HRA Pharma to conduct the research needed and submit an application to the United States Food and Drug Administration to make a birth control pill available over the counter. This is an exciting step forward in our work to...
November 2016
Like many of you, we are still processing the outcome of the US election and what it means for our families, our communities, and our work. We expect some challenging battles ahead, but are ready to stand up for our values and fight for information, policies, and services that meet the needs of all...
October 2016
In October 2016 we were honored to have been included as one of many groups recognized by NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland for our contribution to the passage of Maryland's Contraceptive Equity Act , signed into law in May 2016. This law will provide the most comprehensive contraceptive coverage in the...
September 2016
Numerous barriers stand in the way of many women’s access to abortion, an essential component of reproductive health care. Stigma, long travel distances to a clinic, bans on abortions after 20 weeks, and other restrictive laws such as parental consent requirements and mandatory waiting periods are...
August 2016
A new study in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare found that telemedicine provision of the abortion pill (medication abortion) in Alaska facilitated a more patient-centered approach to care, allowing women to access services sooner in pregnancy, have greater choice in abortion procedure type...
July 2016
A new study of the 80 countries with liberal or liberally interpreted abortion laws finds that the vast majority (74%) either fully cover (34 countries) or partially cover (25 countries) abortion using public funding. Among the world's female population aged 15–49 in countries with liberal/...
June 2016
Ibis applauds Maryland’s Contraceptive Equity Act, signed into law on May 10. This law, which will take effect January 1, 2018, provides the most comprehensive contraceptive coverage in the United States. We are particularly enthusiastic about the law’s provision mandating that insurers...
June 2016
June 27, 2016 – Ibis is thrilled that today the women of Texas and evidence prevailed; the U.S. Supreme Court has reaffirmed a woman’s constitutional right and ability to access abortion care. This decision paves the way for more Texas clinics to open and establishes a strong legal...
May 2016
An article published in the Lancet shows that abortion rates declined significantly in the developed world between 1990 and 2014, while remaining largely unchanged in developing regions. Ibis’s Dr. Caitlin Gerdts partnered with the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization on a...
April 2016
As Ibis Reproductive Health celebrates the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights , we recognize the right that each woman has to dignity, respect, and health care that empowers her to decide if and when to be a mother. Access to maternal and reproductive health care is central to women...
March 2016
Ibis is proud to announce the relaunched Mmoho website and campaign! Mmoho is a nationwide advocacy campaign in South Africa that seeks to reduce the occurrence of unplanned teenage pregnancies. By using a positive, rights-based approach, Mmoho aims to change the conversation about teenage...
March 2016
Ipas and Ibis released the first inclusive report and fact sheet on how the Helms and Hyde Amendments harm access to abortion. The Helms and Hyde restrictions prohibit funding for abortion through US foreign aid and federally-funded health insurance programs like Medicaid, respectively. The report...
March 2016
New research from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) shows that the closure of over half of abortion clinics in Texas after the introduction of House Bill 2 (HB2)—one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country—has resulted in significant burdens for women, including...
January 2016
We recognize the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade , the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. While we celebrate this victory, we know that many face substantial barriers to exercising their right to abortion care. Ibis is working hard to #ReclaimRoe by...