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Correcting Abortion Misinformation

Sam Wilde Abortion, Equity and access, Media

With a Federal election two days away, inflammatory and misleading material has appeared throughout electorates, and online, about abortions in Australia. The majority of Australians, 70.5% according to the ABC’s Vote Compass, believe abortion should be more accessible, so the views expressed in the distributed material are not in line with community expectations. However, as a national not-for-profit provider of …

Marie Stopes Australia Welcomes WA Government Support of Safe Access Zones

Eleonore Bridier Advocacy, Safe access

Marie Stopes Australia has welcomed the commencement of public consultation on safe access zones in Western Australia by the McGowan Government. The Minister for Health, Roger Cook and Minister for Women’s Interest’s and Prevention of Family Violence, Simone McGurk visited the Marie Stopes Midland Clinic today to announce the release of a discussion paper into safe access zones. “Marie Stopes …

High Court ruling upholds safe access zones in Victoria and Tasmania

Eleonore Bridier Advocacy, Media, Safe access

Marie Stopes Australia welcomes the High Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of safe access zones in Victoria and Tasmania. Acting CEO of Marie Stopes Australia, Jamal Hakim said that “today’s High Court ruling demonstrates that women’s health, safety and privacy is absolutely critical when accessing healthcare services.” “A lot of effort has gone into the defence of these zones because …

Choice Words for International Women’s Day 2019

Sam Wilde Abortion, Advocacy

Today is International Women’s Day. The United Nations theme for 2019 is #StrongerTogether At Marie Stopes Australia we know that what we do wouldn’t be possible without strength in numbers. Without the incredible staff who work at each of our clinics and support centres across the country, we would not be able to help the women who walk through our …

Marie Stopes Australia Welcomes National Commitment to Sexual and Reproductive Health

Eleonore Bridier Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

Australia urgently needs a national approach to the provision of sexual and reproductive health services and today, that need is one step closer to being met with the announcement by the Australian Labor Party that it would fund a national strategy if elected to Government this year. “While we have made some headway on sexual and reproductive health issues, it’s …

Marie Stopes Australia Wins Quality Improvement Award

Eleonore Bridier Media

Marie Stopes Australia has been recognised by the Australian Council of Health Care Standards (ACHS) for its outstanding work with consumers to improve the patient experience. The award recognises Marie Stopes Australia’s work engaging consumers in workforce training, co-design of services and facilities, and advocacy campaigns and media. It also recognises the organisation’s transparency in reporting safety and quality outcomes …

Reproductive Coercion: The Hidden Threat

Eleonore Bridier Media

Reproductive Coercion is a hidden form of violence and control that can have life altering consequences. Reproductive coercion is behaviour that deliberately prevents a person from making decisions about their reproductive health. It includes: The issue is being brought to light with the release of Hidden Forces: Shining A Light on Reproductive Coercion, a policy White Paper to coincide with …

Media statement on White Ribbon Australia

Eleonore Bridier Advocacy, Media, Reproductive coercion

Marie Stopes Australia welcomes White Ribbon Australia’s reinstatement of the reproductive rights statement on their website. We do, however, hold concerns as to what the stakeholder consultation process entails. The recent commentary from White Ribbon has also left us confused as to what White Ribbon is; a membership organisation or an organisation that advocates against domestic violence. Our main concern …

Queensland MPs vote for dignity, compassion and respect

Eleonore Bridier Advocacy, Equity and access, Media, Safe access

Marie Stopes Australia welcomed the passing of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018 in the Queensland Parliament last night.  CEO of Marie Stopes Australia, Michelle Thompson, said the passing of the Bill will modernise the State’s termination of pregnancy laws, provide certainty for healthcare professionals involved in abortion care, and stop treating women seeking abortions as criminals. “This is a …

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Marie Stopes Australia Welcomes Decriminalisation Recommendations

Sam Wilde Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media, Safe access

Marie Stopes Australia welcomes the release of the Queensland Law Reform Commission report that recommends removing abortion from the State’s Criminal Code. CEO of Marie Stopes Australia, Michelle Thompson, said the announcement today by the Queensland Labor Government to support the recommendations and introduce draft legislation to decriminalise abortion was a win for Queensland women. “We are delighted that the …

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Gender Bias in the Media

Sam Wilde Advocacy, Blog, Media

Gender bias is all around us. It can be subtle, like calling a grown woman a “girl” or it can be obvious such as sexually harassing someone on the basis of their gender. Regardless of the form it takes, gender bias plays a crucial role in forming the way we perceive gendered roles and responsibilities. The media that we consume …

Guide for doctors to refer patients to family planning services

Your guide to referring to family planning services

Eleonore Bridier For doctors

Today we officially launch our partnership with Healthshare, which allows you to refer your patients to our family planning services from within your practice management system. We have seen over 600,000 abortion, vasectomy and contraception patients in 20 years of care. In that time, we made medical abortion available in Australia, and have been working with GPs like you, and …

Five women link their arms and support each other

Marie Stopes Australia Welcomes NSW Safe Access Zones

Sam Wilde Advocacy, Safe access

Marie Stopes Australia welcomes the passing of legislation by the NSW Parliament that will at last provide NSW women with safe access to clinics that perform abortions.  Marie Stopes Australia CEO, Michelle Thompson, said that each day women accessing abortions in NSW run the risk of being photographed, filmed, harassed and intimidated when accessing the common medical procedure.  “There is …

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One Step Closer to Safe Access for NSW Women

Sam Wilde Advocacy, Media, Safe access

Marie Stopes Australia welcomes the passing of legislation by the NSW Legislative Council today aimed at providing women with safe access zones around sexual and reproductive health clinics. Marie Stopes Australia CEO, Michelle Thompson, said the passing of the legislation meant the zones were one step closer to becoming a reality. “For too long, side-walk counsellors have harassed, intimidated and …

Dignity and choice

Sam Wilde Advocacy, Equity and access

On Wednesday 9th May, while Australia continued to dissect what the 2018 Federal budget meant for each of us, US-based research and policy body, The Guttmacher Institute and one of the world’s leading medical journals, The Lancet, released a comprehensive report on the progress of sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. The report contains staggering statistics; almost 4.3 billion …