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Safe Access Zones: worthy of a politician’s outrage

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Media

I can’t stand these people who stand at the corner and start yelling at you about what your views are on a very personal issue, just get out of my face, leave me alone I will make the decision up myself. These are powerful words. You’d be forgiven for thinking they are the words of a woman running the gauntlet …

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Hubs will help fill sexual and reproductive health gap

Jacquie O'Brien Media

The Victorian Government’s announcement of the first two community health hubs is a signal to the rest of the country that sexual and reproductive health should be given greater priority in health care planning. Marie Stopes Australia Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Thompson, said the hubs are a good way of de-stigmatising sexual and reproductive health services and providing women with …

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What the gender pay gap says to our girls

Sigrid Firth Media

Today is equal pay day. It is unbelievable that in this day and age; in a country as wealthy and stable as Australia, we need to have a day to highlight the yawning pay gap between women and men. As a community, we need to address the gender pay gap, and quickly. According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, the …

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Marriage Equality

Sigrid Firth Media

Marie Stopes Australia believes all women and men, regardless of their gender, should have the right to marry and have their relationship recognised under the Marriage Act 1961. Marie Stopes Australia firmly believes that everyone has the right to choice and control over their destiny, especially when it comes to their sexual and reproductive health. This extends to the partner …

It’s time to implement safe access zones

Sarah Lucy Media

Undergoing a medical procedure for most Australians is a relatively straight forward affair and one that can be done in privacy and without judgement from strangers. Unless you are a woman seeking an abortion in NSW. In early May, Dr Mehreen Faruqi’s Private Member’s Bill seeking to decriminalize abortion in NSW was defeated by the NSW Legislative Council. Had it …

Marie Stopes opens service for Northern Territory women

Sarah Lucy Media

Nationally accredited contraception and safe abortion provider, Marie Stopes Australia, has welcomed the implementation of the new termination of pregnancy laws in the Northern Territory that came into effect on 1 July. Marie Stopes Australia CEO said the new laws provide women in the Northern Territory with greater choice and control over their sexual and reproductive health. “For too long …

Emergency contraception awareness high but access low among Australian women

Sarah Lucy Media

Awareness of emergency contraception is high but only one in four women are accessing it when they need it, a recent study of Australian women shows. Ms Thompson said the majority of women who seek an abortion in Australia are using some form of contraception. “No contraception is 100% effective, which is why it is important for women to know …

Women in NSW deserve better

Sarah Lucy Media

Marie Stopes Australia is disappointed that the women of NSW will not be provided the same access to care for their sexual and reproductive health than other Australians, following the defeat of the Abortion Law Reform Bill 2016 in Parliament today. Marie Stopes Australia CEO Michelle Thompson applauded members of the NSW Legislative Council who supported the Bill and a …

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Abortion – you’re not alone

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Uncategorised

Two years ago, I went through the difficult journey of an unplanned pregnancy and abortion. While I gained positive things from the experience, including a renewed focus about what I want to do with my career and life, it was both the most difficult and most empowering decision I have ever made. For over five weeks I didn’t know what …

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Talking contraception

Sarah Lucy Contraception

Marie Stopes Australia is looking for parents and guardians to take part in a national survey exploring the importance of the parent-child relationship when it comes to contraception use in teenagers. Talking about sex with teenagers can be a pretty daunting task says Marie Stopes Australia’s Head of Population Health, Sarah Gafforini, but it’s vital to prevent unplanned pregnancies and …

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It’s beginning to look a lot like herpes season

Sigrid Firth Blog

As the days get darker, the weather turns and our bodies get ready for the winter months ahead; it’s also the season where cold sores and herpes can be more prevalent. Marie Stopes Australia head of telehealth, and nurse at Marie Stopes Australia, Jane Hooker says that the herpes virus, the cause of the common cold sore, is present in …

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Rural women deserve better access to abortion

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Contraception

Fear, anguish, guilt. It’s only a phone call but you can hear all of these emotions in Sarah’s* voice. Sarah has two young children. Her husband is a fly in, fly out worker on a remote mine site and they have just found out Sarah is pregnant. Sarah is raising two children under four. She has no family around her …

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World Health Day: dispelling the myth of depression & abortion

Sigrid Firth Abortion

The focus of today’s World Health Day is depression; a major health issue across the globe and one that affects more than 300 million people worldwide. While it is widely accepted that there is a strong link between reproductive health and women’s mental health, the nature of this link is something that is often masked or distorted, particularly when it …

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‘The morning after pill’: four common myths debunked

Sigrid Firth Contraception

A number of misconceptions surround the topic of emergency contraception or ‘the morning after pill’, which not only leads to confusion but could result in an unplanned pregnancy. Here we debunk four of the common myths about emergency contraception and provide you with information about accessing the method that is right for you, when you need it. 1. A 1.5mg …

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IWD2017: be bold to tackle the stigma of abortion

Sigrid Firth Abortion

More than a century ago, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding better pay, working conditions and equality. Fast forward to 2017, and the roots of disruption that started the International Women’s Day movement are very much alive and kicking. Not just in New York, but right across the globe. Donald Trump’s presidency has been a lightning rod for …