Archived News & Announcements

June 2019
We are delighted to announce that Brigitte Amiri, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, has joined Ibis’s Board of Directors as a member at large. Brigitte is currently leading critical litigation on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice, including the Jane...
June 2019
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Thoai Ngo as chair of Ibis’s Board of Directors. As director of the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program, Thoai oversees efforts to develop and test innovative solutions and scale up successful strategies to improve the...
May 2019
On May 9, 1960, the US Food and Drug Administration first approved the birth control pill, which helped give people the freedom to determine their own life path. Nearly 60 years later, it’s past time to make the pill truly accessible. The pill is safe and effective, but one in three women who...
April 2019
Ibis stands with our partners around the world in recognition of International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. We remain steadfast in our commitment to advance sexual and reproductive autonomy, choices, and health through bold, rigorous research and principled partnerships with advocates,...
April 2019
In 2014, a bill (S.B. 1391) was passed that allowed the state of Tennessee to arrest pregnant women for the illegal use of narcotics during pregnancy if the child was born exposed to or harmed by the drug. Those arrested and charged under the Fetal Assault Law faced a penalty of up to fifteen years...
February 2019
A new Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) study shows that use of medication abortion, also known as “the abortion pill,” bounced back in Texas after a March 2016 label change by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The label change impacted the use of mifepristone, one of the...
February 2019
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Today, Kelly Blanchard, President of Ibis Reproductive Health, released the statement below about the current administration’s sweeping changes to Title X. “On Friday, the Trump administration continued its attacks on people’s—and especially women...
January 2019
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Today, Kelly Blanchard, President of Ibis Reproductive Health, released the statement below about the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. “Forty-six years after the Supreme Court recognized that laws prohibiting abortion violated a woman’s constitutional...
January 2019
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Today, Kelly Blanchard, President of Ibis Reproductive Health, released the statement below about New York’s new law to protect and expand reproductive health and rights, throughout pregnancy. “ New York state law now permits abortions to be ‘performed by...
November 2018
Over the last 16 years, research from Ibis Reproductive Health has informed policy and practice change and paved the way for innovation in service delivery for abortion and other sexual and reproductive health care. We're proud of our accomplishments (view our "16 highlights from Ibis Reproductive...
October 2018
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Today, Kelly Blanchard, President, released the statement below in response to the Senate’s confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. “Like many others across the country, I watched Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation...
September 2018
Ibis was proud to be a partner of the #MyBodyMyChoice campaign in South Africa, led by Global Health Strategies . The campaign aims to draw attention to the key barriers to safe abortion using social and community media channels. The campaign held a day of action and march in Johannesburg on...
August 2018
Together, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) , Gynuity Health Projects , and Ibis Reproductive Health are proud to release our forward-looking research agenda focused on self-managed and demedicalized abortion in the United States. Media coverage and research data show a...
July 2018
A new study published by Ibis in BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health shows that a safe-abortion hotline staffed by trained abortion counselors can help women who are more than 12 weeks pregnant to safely self-manage medication abortion. Results suggest that this model has the potential to be as...
July 2018
Metrics for Management , Ibis Reproductive Health, and Ipas have joined forces to launch the Abortion Service Quality (ASQ) Initiative. Launched in April 2018, this three-year project will develop, validate, disseminate, and champion the widespread adoption of a common measure of abortion service...
June 2018
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Kelly Blanchard, President of Ibis, released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on NIFLA v. Becerra : “The Supreme Court’s decision to allow crisis pregnancy centers to deliberately mislead women about abortion and...
April 2018
As Ibis Reproductive Health celebrates International Day for Maternal Health and Rights, we continue to advance the right of women around the world to have access to safe, accessible, and comprehensive maternal and reproductive health care, including the right to safe abortion. We recognize that...
March 2018
Ibis staff were proud to be a part of the 8th African Conference of Sexual and Reproductive Health last month, themed "Woman up: Advancing the sexual health and reproductive rights of girls and women in Africa." Ibis hosted a breakaway session focused on how digital platforms can assist with...
February 2018
A first-of-its-kind study examining US women’s and teen’s interest in over-the-counter (OTC) access to a progestin-only birth control pill (POP) was published in Women’s Health Issues . The survey findings show both teens and adults are interested in using an OTC POP. Key findings...
February 2018
A new study published by Ibis shows that the United States military is below average in its reproductive health coverage when compared to militaries worldwide—reflecting a lack of abortion coverage for servicewomen. Of the countries in the study that provided information about military...
January 2018
A new study conducted in Peru, where abortion is legally restricted, finds that women can safely and effectively self-induce abortion after receiving information from a healthcare provider about how to use the drug misoprostol. Although abortion is common in Peru, few women qualify for legal...
January 2018
In the years before the historic Roe v. Wade decision, women in the United States seeking an abortion faced a perilous path. Safe options for abortion were limited and unsafe procedures resulted in high maternal mortality rates. The tide started to turn in the 1960s, when some states began...
November 2017
Servicewomen in the US military report a lack of support and fears about confidentiality, stigma, and negative career impacts when they choose to have an abortion, according to a paper published in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health . US servicewomen have a significantly higher rate of...
October 2017
Recent actions by the Trump administration have further reinforced its disdain for women and disregard of proven scientific evidence. Ibis condemns efforts to strip away women’s rights and access to health care. These include the following: The Department of Health and Human Services’...
September 2017
In a landmark study that reviewed seven years of patient data, researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Ibis Reproductive Health have demonstrated that medication abortion provided by telemedicine is just as safe as when women are in the same room as the physician. The...
September 2017
September 26—On World Contraception Day, we celebrate that women in over 100 countries can access birth control pills without a prescription—and American women are closer to this goal than ever before. A revolution in how contraception is delivered is underway. From apps that connect...
August 2017
States with the highest number of abortion restrictions tend to have the worst women and children’s health outcomes and fewest supportive policies that would actually advance the health and well-being of families—according to an updated report released by the Center for Reproductive...
August 2017
Last weekend's events in Charlottesville horrified us beyond words. We are heartbroken that lives were lost and devastated by the violence inflicted on the community of Charlottesville, the effects of which reverberated far beyond. We condemn these actions and the white supremacists who committed...
June 2017
The Washington Post published an op-ed by Ibis's Vice President for Development and Public Affairs Britt Wahlin which celebrates the new law in Maryland that will soon allow pharmacists to prescribe contraception, but reminds readers that an over-the-counter (OTC) birth control pill is on the...
May 2017
On May 4, Communications and Outreach/Research Coordinator Bongeka Cutshwa and Research Coordinator Maureen Mtimkulu appeared on SABC 3, a South African national television station, to speak about our work to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people and the mmoho campaign...
April 2017
We at Ibis are deeply disappointed by the Trump administration’s decision to cut all funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA provides life-saving and critical services like family planning, midwife training, and safe childbirth; the organization also works to put an end...
March 2017
Ibis President Kelly Blanchard joined a group of experts from several disciplines to release a commentary published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine highlighting the harms caused by overregulation of mifepristone in the United States. The FDA regulation mechanism known as REMS (Risk...
February 2017
The mmoho campaign held its fourth media engagement workshop last week to recognize National Condom Week in South Africa. The workshop was themed around condom use and negotiation, as well as the taboos of sexual pleasure, especially among young people. Guest speakers presented on a variety of...
January 2017
We at Ibis are angry and disappointed that President Trump chose to reinstate the Mexico City Policy, commonly known as the Global Gag Rule. The Global Gag Rule prevents health care providers around the world who receive US funding from offering comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care,...
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...
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...
December 2015
Ibis announces new grant to "Free the Pill" Packard Foundation grant will support the effort to move a birth control pill over the counter December 17, 2015 - Ibis Reproductive Health is thrilled to announce a $12 million grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in support of our work to...
November 2015
In 2013, Ibis was proud to be selected by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in its first global Quality Innovation Challenge . In this initiative, the Packard Foundation supports innovative ideas to improve quality in sexual and reproductive health and empower women and girls in new ways...
November 2015
This October, Marie Stopes Ghana , Ibis, the University of Ghana School of Public Health , Ghana Health Service , Population Council , National Population Council , and Futures Group/Palladium co-convened a research dissemination meeting in Accra on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in...
October 2015
The amount of time women have to wait before they can get an appointment at an abortion clinic in Texas has increased, according to research performed by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) , a collaboration of researchers from the University of Texas Population Research Center, the...
September 2015
In partnership with the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition , we are excited to conduct a study that will generate data on the impact of stockouts on women and communities in Uganda. A contraceptive stockout is a time when someone seeking a chosen method of contraception cannot obtain it because...
July 2015
Ibis celebrates the introduction of the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act, introduced on July 8 by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and backed by more than 60 members of Congress. Ibis is proud to endorse this bill, which would lift funding bans that deny...
June 2015
Ibis Reproductive Health was very pleased to hear that the Iowa state supreme court ruled in favor of women’s access to high quality health care today. Ibis Reproductive Health research shows telemedicine provision of medication abortion is safe and effective, and women have reported that...
June 2015
Ibis Vice President for Research Dan Grossman recently wrote an op-ed for the LA Times on the two new bills that were introduced in the Senate to encourage an over-the-counter birth control pill, including the legislation by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) aimed at...
June 2015
There is no better way to celebrate America's Independence Day than by standing up for reproductive freedom! We are excited to share our Independence Day-themed Free the Pill campaign , the latest effort of Free the Pill and the Oral Contraceptives Over-the-Counter Working Group . Free the Pill is...
May 2015
A recently published paper in the African Journal of Reproductive Health focused on understanding how young women in Soweto, South Africa obtain sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services. In the past decade, there has been a growing awareness and response in South Africa to the...
May 2015
Ibis Reproductive Health convenes the Oral Contraceptives (OCs) Over-the-Counter (OTC) Working Group , a coalition of researchers, advocates, and health care providers that is working to move an OC OTC to improve access to safe and highly effective contraception, especially for those who could...
April 2015
Over the past two years, Ibis has worked with the South African Department of Health as an implementation and development partner on various sexual and reproductive health and rights policies. One key area of collaboration was Ibis’s involvement in the Adolescent and Youth Health Policy for...
April 2015
Ibis was pleased to host the twelfth annual Social Scientists’ Research Meeting (SSRM) this spring. Each year, Ibis invites social scientists from diverse disciplines whose research addresses abortion, as well as those interested in abortion-related research, to come together at the SSRM to...
March 2015
New research from Ibis and the University of California, San Francisco found that insurance coverage of a future over-the-counter (OTC) birth control pill would result in more widespread use by women and would be cost effective to health insurance plans. In recent years, there has been growing...
March 2015
We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Later Abortion Initiative (LAI) at Ibis. Access to later abortion is a critical women's reproductive health, rights, and justice issue. Building on previous work by colleagues around the country and in collaboration with other organizations, LAI will...
February 2015
The Michigan-based advocacy organization MI Lead , a nonpartisan coalition focused on improving the lives of women and families in the state, hosted staff from Ibis and the Center for Reproductive Rights to discuss the release of a recent research brief. The Evaluating Priorities Michigan state...
February 2015
In honor of Valentine's Day, we are excited to share the "I heart my pill" campaign, the latest effort of Free the Pill and the Oral Contraceptives Over-the-Counter Working Group . Free the Pill is a website that provides information and updates about the movement to make a birth control pill...
February 2015
We were thrilled to have two Ibis staff members be a part of Take Root , a conference held in Norman, Oklahoma focused on reproductive justice from the perspective of those living in "red" states in the US. Bridgit Burns , Project Manager, presented in a workshop session focused on the Evaluating...
January 2015
In recognition of the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade , we are excited to share powerful images that describe the reality of abortion access for many US women. Although Roe v. Wade legalized abortion more than four decades ago, numerous barriers prevent women from getting the care they need and...
December 2014
Ibis Reproductive Health and the Oral Contraceptives (OC) Over-the-Counter (OTC) Working Group are thrilled to announce the launch of a new video and website . Free the Pill has already garnered a lot of attention, including an article in The Huffington Post . Free the Pill provides information and...
October 2014
October 12, 2014 – We are proud to announce that Kate Grindlay, Senior Project Manager, received third place in the poster abstract category at the 2014 North American Forum on Family Planning for her research titled, “Unintended pregnancy among active-duty women in the US military,...
September 2014
On September 28th, Ibis will join reproductive health activists from around the world in the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. This year's campaign is focused on abortion stigma, and we join our colleagues in recognizing and engaging with the immense impact that stigma has...
July 2014
July 2, 2014 – Ibis Reproductive Health is dismayed by this week’s US Supreme Court ruling allowing “closely held for profit corporations” to deny coverage of contraception to their employees. We are particularly troubled that the Court, in a 5-4 decision, has decided to...
July 2014
July 23, 2014 – A new paper from The Texas Policy Evaluation Project demonstrates a 13% decline in the abortion rate in Texas and a sharp reduction in medical abortion since House Bill 2 (HB2) went into effect in November 2013...
June 2014
June 26, 2014 – Today, in a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law that established 35-foot buffer zones around entrances to state abortion clinics. The buffer was designed to protect both patients and providers from violence and harassment. We are disappointed...
May 2014
May 28, 2014 – Today, Ibis joins women’s rights activists around the world in calling for the re-launch of May 28th International Day of Action for Women’s Health. In doing so, we urge governments and the international community to ensure a holistic, inclusive, and human rights-based approach to women’s and girls’ health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
April 2014
April 29, 2014 – Ibis was delighted to join nine other organizations for the Boston premiere of Roe at Risk: Fighting for Reproductive Justice , a documentary describing the recent nationwide attacks on reproductive health and constitutional rights women’s constitutional rights. The...
March 2014
March 20, 2014 – Family planning and sexual health advocates, providers, and research experts recently joined together at the Capitol to discuss “The Publicly Funded Family Planning Network: An Essential Partner in the New Health Care Environment.” The Title X family planning...
March 2014
In celebration of Purple Day, an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide , we are excited to announce the launch of GirlswithNerve.com.
March 2014
March 6, 2014 – Last night, Amy Hagstrom Miller, owner of Whole Woman’s Health , appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show to publicly state that as a direct result of the 2013 restrictions on abortion passed in Texas, Whole Woman’s would have to close two clinics located in the Rio...
February 2014
As restrictions on abortion continue to mount in state and federal legislatures, we were pleased to see Margaret Talbot’s recent comment, “Counting the Numbers,” in February’s Anniversary Issue of The New Yorker .
January 2014
Ibis is excited to join nearly 70 reproductive rights, health and justice organizations in signing on to an amicus brief submitted by the National Women’s Law Center in the consolidated cases Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius.
November 2013
November 5, 2013 – Building upon the National Teenage Pregnancy Partnership (NTPP), Ibis Reproductive Health, Sonke Gender Justice Network, and others, are forming a campaign to combat the high rates of teenage pregancy in South Africa. The campaign, called ‘mmoho’ a Sotho word...
November 2013
November 5, 2013 – Along with 16 other local and national sexual and reproductive health organizations, Ibis will celebrate the recent wins in reproductive health, rights and justice as well as the official Boston launch of All* Above All...
October 2013
October 2, 2013 – Philanthropedia has identified Ibis as a top nonprofit working in the field of reproductive health, rights, and justice based on a survey of 134 experts currently working in the field...
September 2013
September 27, 2013 – The Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on behalf of more than a dozen Texas health care providers and their patients...
August 2013
August 6, 2013 – Ibis VP Dan Grossman will present his abstract “Impact of restrictive abortion law on women in Texas,” chosen from over 177 submissions as one of the Top 4 Oral Abstracts at this year’s Forum on Family Planning. In 2011 the Texas Legislature passed a law...
August 2013
August 20, 2013 – AJPH selected a collection of articles and other materials, compiling a comprehensive list of resources on abortion and reproductive rights. An introduction and overview of the AJPH articles included in this collection can be found in Associate Editor Sofia Gruskin's January...
July 2013
July 23, 2013 – North Dakota Judge Wickham Corwin has ruled against the 2011 law that would have effectively banned medication abortions in the state. Judge Corwin stated that the law is ‘simply wrong-headed’ and does not ‘logically address any concerns’ or do anything...
June 2013
June 24, 2013 – Texas’s SB 5, which combines several abortion restrictions into one bill, was passed by the state’s House of Representatives this morning despite the protests of a passionate crowd of 800 who registered to testify against the bill. The bill is now moving to the...
May 2013
May 3, 2013 – Ibis Reproductive Health is extremely disappointed that the Obama administration will appeal US District Court Judge Edward Korman’s order to make over-the-counter (OTC) emergency contraception available to women of all ages. Further, the FDA’s decision to comply...
April 2013
April 22, 2013 – Elizabeth Rosenthal’s Sunday Review article, “Is it time for off-the-shelf birth-control pills?,” examines the possibility of moving oral contraceptives (OCs) over the counter (OTC) in the US.
April 2013
April 10, 2013 – Ibis Reproductive Health President Kelly Blanchard commented on the abortion coverage provisions in President Obama’s budget submitted to Congress today.
April 2013
April 8, 2013 – In 2011, Texas enacted some of the most restrictive health legislation in the country, including slashing the family planning budget by two-thirds. Researchers at Ibis, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham formed the Texas Policy...
April 2013
April 5, 2013 – Ibis is thrilled by today’s federal court ruling to end the age restriction on over-the-counter (OTC) emergency contraception (EC). Currently, only women aged 17 and older can purchase Plan B One-Step and the generic equivalent without a prescription. Federal judge...
March 2013
March 21, 2013 – Charlotte Ellertson is one of the women whose key contributions to health have been recognized in the Huffington Post story 50 Women Who Shaped America's Health . Charlotte Ellertson (March 2, 1966 – March 21, 2004) founded Ibis in 2002; she was passionate about...
March 2013
March 6, 2013 – Over the past two years, Texas has enacted legislation that may drastically affect women’s ability to access reproductive health care, including requiring women to see a doctor at least 24 hours before an abortion for an ultrasound. Ibis began evaluating the impact of...
January 2013
January 3, 2013 – All women should have access to reproductive health services, including abortion, but many women in the US face difficulties obtaining care. The US federal budget has historically banned abortion coverage for people utilizing publicly funded health insurance making it...
November 2012
November 20, 2012 – Today ACOG released a Committee Opinion giving full support for over-the-counter oral contraceptives. The announcement will also be published in the December issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology. ACOG states that making OCs available OTC is safe and that women support OTC...
November 2012
November 5, 2012 – In 2010 Ibis embarked on a body of work focused on the reproductive health needs and experiences of women in the US military. Servicewomen have higher rates of unintended pregnancy compared to their civilian counterparts, and federal policy prohibiting access to and public...
November 2012
Join us on November 29 at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Like us on Facebook . Follow us on Twitter . Take part in our online celebration! Welcome us to Facebook and follow #10factsfor10years on Twitter as we share Ibis's research highlights from the past decade. Stay tuned...
September 2012
September 27, 2012 – Texas has enacted the most extreme restrictions on reproductive health services of any state to date, slashing funding for family planning by two-thirds and threatening the survival of the state's Medicaid waiver program. The number of funded family planning organizations...
July 2012
July 2, 2012 – Ibis joins our colleagues in celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the majority of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Several important provisions of the law addressing women’s health correct historic injustices in the private health insurance system and...
February 2012
February 6, 2012 – A new report released today by Ibis Reproductive Health and the Global Health Access Program (GHAP) documents a widespread public health emergency in populations affected by the decades-old conflict in eastern Burma.
February 2012
February 6, 2012 – A new report released today by Ibis Reproductive Health and the Global Health Access Program (GHAP) documents a widespread public health emergency in populations affected by the decades-old conflict in eastern Burma. Its consequences include maternal mortality rates that...
December 2011
December 29, 2011 – The need to integrate safe abortion care within family planning programs and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights has been a recurring theme in the 2011 International Conference on Family Planning.
December 2011
December 7, 2011 – Ibis Reproductive Health is surprised and extremely disappointed that Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stepped in and overruled the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to make Plan B One-Step available over the counter...
September 2011
October 3, 2011– In two letters to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Ibis Reproductive Health commented on the recently released HHS guidelines for women’s preventive services and contraception coverage under health care reform. In the first letter , Ibis urged removal of the clause in the...
September 2011
September 30, 2011 – The broken Medicaid system under the Hyde Amendment fails women who are legally entitled to abortion coverage under current law
September 2011
September 22, 2011 – Unsafe abortion kills 47,000 women every year and leads to complications for millions of women. The risk of death and disability for women undergoing unsafe abortion in the second trimester is particularly high, say Dr. Lisa Harris of University of Michigan and Dr. Dan...
August 2011
August 1, 2011 – Misoprostol has been sold in Mexican pharmacies since 1985. However, little is known about pharmacy vendors’ recommendations for misoprostol use as an abortifacient, especially after the legalization of first-trimester abortion in Mexico City in April 2007. Ibis Project...
July 2011
July 21, 2011 — In 2008 Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in Iowa began offering medical abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol at outlying clinics without a doctor on site using telemedicine. A new study led by Ibis Reproductive Health found that women who obtained medical abortion...
July 2011
July 10, 2011 — Between 19,000 and 23,000 US servicewomen have unintended pregnancies each year, but little is known about their experiences, particularly during deployment. In the first study to investigate US servicewomen’s experiences seeking abortion during deployment, researchers...
June 2011
June 10, 2011 — Although she will be missed, Ibis is pleased to announce Dr. Angel Foster’s new position at the University of Ottawa, where she will be continuing her work on reproductive health in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as expanding her research to include work on...
June 2011
June 1, 2011 — National Public Radio’s Julie Rovner reports that anti-abortion groups such as Personhood USA are pushing to redefine life as beginning at fertilization and interviewed Dan Grossman, Ibis Senior Associate and University of California, San Francisco OBGYN, for the story...
May 2011
May 9, 2011 – This month’s supplement to Women’s Health Issues (WHI) celebrates the work of Ibis’s Ellertson Fellows, an exciting group of social scientists and public health researchers who study abortion and reproductive health and rights.
March 2011
March 23, 2011 — This week marks the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the US health reform law, which promises to have a significant impact on women’s and girls’ access to health care. Ibis is celebrating by blogging about the benefits of the new law...
February 2011
February 22, 2011 — Women who obtain oral contraceptives over the counter in Mexico are likely to stay on the birth control pill longer than those who obtain pills by prescription at US clinics, according to a study by researchers from two University of Texas campuses, Ibis Reproductive...
January 2011
January 23, 2011 – In a letter to the Surgeon General , Ibis urged contraception inclusion as part of preventive health care in the US National Prevention Strategy. The letter asserted that access to contraception would help to “reduce unintended pregnancy and improve the lives of women...
December 2010
We are pleased to announce the launch of My Little Black Book for Sexual Health!
December 2010
December 2, 2010 - Barriers to accessing clinical services and a preference for abortion self-induction were among the factors that contributed to women’s decisions to try to induce an abortion on their own, according to “ Self-induction of abortion among women in the United States ,...
November 2010
March 17, 2010 – We are thrilled to share a new collection of resources on medication abortion. Ibis aims to improve access to medication abortion for women around the world through clinical and social science research. We test ways to make protocols and regimens—including both...
October 2010
October 1 2010 – The Department of Health and Human Services recently took public comments on two proposed rules on important facets of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in March 2010. Ibis submitted comments on both the rules for Group Health...
October 2010
The Oral Contraceptives (OCs) Over-the-Counter (OTC) Working Group has launched its website: www.OCsOTC.org.
September 2010
September 13, 2010 – Laura Tillman describes the experience of a woman in Brownsville, Texas, who obtained misoprostol to induce a miscarriage after she discovered an unwanted pregnancy in The Nation . Misoprostol is one half of the two-drug regimen approved for medication abortion in the...
September 2010
September 3, 2010 – Ibis Senior Associate Dr. Daniel Grossman and colleague Dr. Joseph Potter from the University of Texas lament the limits of the new health care reform law which does not extend coverage, including contraception, to unauthorized or recent immigrants in a special...
August 2010
June 22, 2010 – Ibis President Kelly Blanchard makes the case for moving oral contraceptives (OCs) over the counter (OTC) in the New York Times
May 2010
May 21, 2010 – In a letter to the editor on May 21, 2010, Ibis Board member Carmen Barroso praised columnist Nicholas Kristof for his coverage of the global unmet need for contraception. Barroso, director of International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, underscores...
May 2010
May 5, 2010 – New research from Ibis Reproductive Health shows that insurance coverage of contraception is a significant factor in young women's decisions about contraceptive use and method selection in Massachusetts.
April 2010
April 23, 2010 – At the 2010 National Abortion Federation Annual Meeting, Ibis Senior Associate Dr. Daniel Grossman was awarded the Social Science Scientific Paper Award for Ibis’s research evaluating the use of telemedicine to improve access to abortion in rural settings . In...
April 2010
April 15, 2010 – American women who live along the US-Mexico border frequently buy over-the-counter oral contraceptives from Mexican pharmacies because they don't need a prescription and can send a friend to pick up the pills, according to a study by researchers from two University of Texas...
April 2010
The Medicaid system is not meeting the needs of women seeking abortion services, even in cases that qualify for federal funding under the current Hyde Amendment restrictions.
March 2010
March 17, 2010 – The Cochrane Review published an updated review which concluded that providing emergency contraception (EC) to women in advance of intercourse does not affect the rate of pregnancy compared to women who do not have EC on hand. The review took into account evidence from three...
January 2010
January 13, 2010 – In a recent post on the blog for Health Affair s, a health policy journal, Ibis Senior Associate Daniel Grossman and colleagues from UCSF and Princeton examine data about out-of-pocket health expenses by the uninsured to demonstrate the burden of cost that could result if...
December 2009
MSNBC’s list of the nine most intriguing research studies related to sexuality of 2009 includes the review and commentary published in Contraception on withdrawal as a contraceptive method. In a review of previous research on withdrawal, the authors found that withdrawal’s typical use...
December 2009
Ibis’s research on low-income women’s access to contraception after Massachusetts health care reform identified many positive outcomes, including substantial evidence that many more low-income women have access to preventive and reproductive health care services. However, challenges...
November 2009
Based on research analyzing emails submitted to “Not-2-Late.com,” Ibis and colleagues have developed a set of tools for clinicians to use with patients to clarify common sexual misconceptions. Patient handouts in Arabic , French , Chinese , English , and Spanish cover the most commonly...
November 2009
November 14, 2009 – The Boston Globe printed a letter to the editor from Ibis staff, citing Ibis's research on young adults’ access to reproductive health care after Massachusetts health care reform. In research conducted for the REaDY Initiative , Ibis found that young adult-targeted...
November 2009
Ibis is pleased to share that Ibis staff have been recognized for their exemplary work in the field of reproductive health. Senior Associate Dr. Angel Foster will be given the American Public Health Association Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health Section’s Outstanding Young...
August 2009
September 29, 2009 – Though many women and family planning providers in Massachusetts express overall satisfaction with health care reform, they identify family planning providers as an integral part of the public health safety net in Massachusetts, providing specific outreach to and services...
June 2009
June 1, 2009 – Ibis Reproductive Health mourns the unspeakable loss of our colleague and an inspiring figure in our field, Dr. George Tiller, who was murdered while attending church services in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, the morning of May 31, 2009. Dr. Tiller cared for women and...
June 2009
June 18, 2009 – Ibis is co-sponsoring the opening reception for the “Invisible Lives” photo show which will take place on June 18, 2009 from 6-8pm at powerHouse Books (37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201). “Invisible Lives” is a book and photo show project presenting...
May 2009
May 13, 2009 – Ibis and the Guttmacher Institute released the second in a series of papers on abortion restrictions, “ The Impact of State Mandatory Counseling and Waiting Period Laws on Abortion: A Literature Review ,” which found that most laws mandating counseling and waiting...
April 2009
April 15, 2009 – Please click here to read a summary of the results from Ibis’s study, commissioned by the National Women’s Law Center , assessing hospital policies and practices regarding ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage management. This qualitative study focused on the...
March 2009
March 27, 2009 (MEXICO CITY) – Mexico City’s Ministry of Health dedicated a public health clinic to the memory of Charlotte Ellertson , Ibis’s founder who passed away from breast cancer in 2004. Charlotte was an energetic and innovative researcher in the field of reproductive...
March 2009
March 11, 2009 – Ibis Reproductive Health and the Guttmacher Institute released a new publication, "The Impact of Laws Requiring Parental Involvement for Abortion: A Literature Review." As of 2008, 34 states in the US have laws in effect that mandate parental involvement in minors’...
January 2009
January 29, 2009 – A blog post on RH Reality Check by Ibis board member Frances Kissling criticizes President Obama's decision to remove the family planning provision from the economic stimulus package that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on January 28, 2009. Kissling argues that the...
January 2009
January 23, 2009 – Three days into his term, United States President Barack Obama took an important step to improve women’s health by signing an executive order lifting the funding ban to international organizations which provide abortion services, education, or referrals. The "Global...
January 2009
January 5, 2009 – Today’s New York Times article, "For Privacy's Sake, Taking Risks to End Pregnancy," explored the topic of self-induced abortion in New York Latin American immigrant communities and discussed ongoing research by Ibis Reproductive Health and Gynuity Health Projects
December 2008
December 15, 2008 – Ibis is proud to share our new Organization Report for the years 2006-2008. This new report provides an overview of Ibis's portfolio of projects over the past three years in our three main areas of work: abortion, contraception, and HIV and sexually transmitted infections...
December 2008
December 4, 2008 – Ibis Reproductive Health will co-sponsor an event coordinated by the Massachusetts Emergency Contraception Network from 3-5:30 pm. “ New Media: Youth Voices on Sexual Health and EC ” will feature two videos from Lowell and Harlem made by youth, for youth. Some...
October 2008
October 12, 2008 – The Ibis staff and board mourn the passing of Dr. Allan Rosenfield, who served as an Ibis board member and played a key role in the launch and growth of the organization from 2002 until his death on October 12, 2008. Dr. Rosenfield was passionately committed to the idea...
October 2008
October 19, 2008 – A blog post by policy experts at the National Women’s Law Center cited an article co-authored by Ibis Senior Associate Angel Foster entitled, “Can I get pregnant from oral sex? Sexual health misconceptions in e-mails to a reproductive health website.” The...
September 2008
September 26, 2008 – World Contraception Day is a worldwide campaign aiming to raise awareness of contraception and the need to reduce the high levels of unplanned pregnancy and to improve the level of education regarding sexual and reproductive health. One of Ibis's areas of work focuses on...
July 2008
July 15, 2008 – Ibis Reproductive Health, in collaboration with the Women’s Health Research Unit (WHRU) at the University of Cape Town, will soon finish the first phase of data collection in a research project that could reveal important information about abortion services in the...
June 2008
June 2, 2008 – Ibis, PATH, and the INFO Project are hosting a global online forum to discuss health professionals' experiences with diaphragms in diverse settings and their role in family planning programs and other health care services the first week of June. This free forum is part of the...
April 2008
April 25, 2008 – Ibis and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Family Planning Program received a grant from the National Institute for Reproductive Health ’s Low-Income Access Program for a project that will explore the impact of Massachusetts health care reform on low-...
April 2008
April 17, 2008 – Ibis, along with many other Boston-area women’s organizations, will co-present screenings of Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman on April 17, 18, and 19 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Directed by Jennifer Fox, Flying is a six-part, six-hour documentary about the...
April 2008
April 1, 2008 – Dr. Courtney B. Jackson and colleagues at Ibis Reproductive Health received the 2008 National Abortion Federation Scientific Poster Award. Entitled “Abortion training experiences among newly graduated Ob/Gyn residents,” the poster presents the results of a...
March 2008
March 25, 2008 –Ibis Senior Associate Dan Grossman quoted in the Brownsville Herald discussing women who self-induce their abortions using misoprostol
March 2008
March 15, 2008 – We are pleased to announce the 2008-2010 Charlotte Ellertson Social Science Postdoctoral Fellows in Abortion and Reproductive Health. Ellertson Fellows participate in a two-year postdoctoral research and leadership training fellowship. We selected five fellows for the third...
January 2008
January 21, 2008 – On the 35th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, Ibis board member Frances Kissling and former NARAL president Kate Michelman discuss the challenges facing the pro-choice movement in the Los Angeles Times...
January 2008
January 21, 2008 – On the 35th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, Ibis board member Frances Kissling and former NARAL president Kate Michelman discuss the challenges facing the pro-choice movement in the Los Angeles Times...
December 2007
December 20, 2007 – Ibis recommends Abstinence Comes to Albuquerque , a documentary film about the events that unfolded when abstinence-only education was introduced in New Mexico’s public schools. Through interviews with national experts, state public health officials, parents, and...
December 2007
December 5, 2007 – Ibis Reproductive Health held its 5th anniversary fundraising event at the Radcliffe Gymnasium in Cambridge, MA. Guests enjoyed food and beverages donated by many local and community-minded businesses. In addition, Ibis staff members made the desserts, including the three-...
October 2007
October 13, 2007 – The Lancet published a comment by Ibis board member Beth Fredrick written in response to new research on worldwide abortion rates and trends from the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization published in the same issue. In her piece, Ms. Fredrick argues that...
September 2007
September 10, 2007 – Ibis board member Vanessa Northington Gamble has been named University Professor of Medical Humanities at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. An internationally recognized scholar on race, ethnicity, and justice in American medicine and public health, she...
September 2007
September 27, 2007 – Research conducted by Ibis staff is cited in the Emergency Contraception (EC) Education Act of 2007 , sponsored by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). Recognizing that EC can be a safe and effective means of preventing unintended pregnancy, but that EC use and awareness are low...
September 2007
September 15, 2007 – Ibis Senior Associate Dan Grossman received the Ortho Outstanding Researcher Award at Reproductive Health 2007, a meeting sponsored by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, Planned Parenthood® Federation of America, the Society for the Advancement of...
September 2007
September 5, 2007 – Ibis was awarded a grant from the Society of Family Planning to study women’s experiences with abortion self-induction in San Francisco, Boston, and New York City. The study will use a mixed-methods approach to better understand this phenomenon, as well as to...
August 2007
August 24, 2007 – Research by Ibis and colleagues at PATH and the Population Council is highlighted in the current id21 focus, dedicated this month to the topic of unsafe abortion. Conducted before Mexico City’s recent move to legalize abortion, the study sought to estimate the economic...
July 2007
July 13, 2007 – The Methods for Improving Reproductive Health in Africa (MIRA) trial found that the use of diaphragms and lubricant gel in addition to condoms for HIV prevention is no more effective than condoms alone. Ibis was a collaborating partner in the MIRA trial, led by researchers at...
June 2007
June 28, 2007 –Ibis is pleased to announce that it has received a grant award from the Safe Abortion Action Fund for a project to improve second trimester abortion services in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Administered by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Safe...
April 2007
April 27, 2007 – An article by Ibis President Kelly Blanchard, Senior Associate Dan Grossman, and colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco appeared in this month’s International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics . Named one of the “Editor’s Selections,...
April 2007
April 18, 2007 – We are pleased to announce the publication of a new Cochrane systematic review, “Advance provision of emergency contraception for pregnancy prevention.” We collaborated on this review with lead author Chelsea Polis, a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins and former...
April 2007
April 3, 2007 – Ibis Reproductive Health staff member Dr. Angel M. Foster and colleagues at a leading university in Palestine received the 2007 National Abortion Federation Scientific Poster Award. Entitled “Illicit sex, abortion, and so-called ‘honor-killings’: Attitudes...
March 2007
March 21, 2007 – Ibis Reproductive Health Associate Dr. Angel M. Foster appeared as a guest on The Riz Khan Show. During the interactive live program dedicated to HIV/AIDS in the Middle East, Dr. Foster spoke about the importance of identifying and addressing the needs of unmarried women and...
November 2006
November 15, 2006 – Kelly Blanchard, President of Ibis Reproductive Health, receives Outstanding Young Professional Award. Last week at the annual American Public Health Association meeting, Kelly Blanchard, the President of Ibis Reproductive Health, received the annual Outstanding Young...
August 2006
August 25, 2006 – Yesterday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Plan B emergency contraception, which is taken after unprotected sex to avoid an unintended pregnancy, has been approved for over-the-counter use by women 18 years and older. Although the age restriction...
May 2006
May 9, 2006 – Advanced practice clinicians (APCs)—nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse-midwives—play an increasingly important role in the delivery of a range of health services in the United States, yet many of the programs that train these health...
July 2005
July 18, 2005—Analyses of use of both the emergency contraception (EC) Web site— NOT-2-LATE.com — and its Arabic-language version demonstrate that women need more information about contraception and other reproductive health issues, according to two articles published in...
May 2005
May 4, 2005 (WASHINGTON, DC) – A national survey of hospital emergency rooms shows that staff at 42% of non-Catholic hospitals and 55% of Catholic hospitals said they do not dispense emergency contraception (EC) for any reason, including sexual assault. The study will appear as an early...
February 2005
February 25, 2005 – Rachel Roth of Ibis collaborated with Palak Shah of PRA on a chapter about the intersection of reproductive rights and criminal justice policies in the U.S. A fact sheet about women in the criminal justice and prison systems is also available. Visit www.defendingjustice...
January 2005
January 3, 2005 – Dr. Chris Elias, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ibis Reproductive Health, has announced the appointment of Kelly Blanchard as the group’s new President. She succeeds the late Charlotte Ellertson, who established Ibis in 2002 “to improve women’s...
January 2005
January 4, 2005 – The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York on behalf of several individual plaintiffs challenging the FDA's ongoing denial of OTC status for Plan B. The lawsuit seeks an injunction ordering the FDA to approve the OTC switch for women of...
March 2004
We announce with much sadness that on March 21, 2004, Charlotte Ellertson, Ibis’s founder and president died after a year-long battle with breast cancer. Charlotte was a wonderful friend, mentor, and colleague. Her energy and enthusiasm for our work was infectious and she inspired us with her...