Three women walking down the street, supporting each other

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 …

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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 …

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International Women’s Day 2018

Sam Wilde Abortion, Advocacy, Blog, Contraception, Equity and access

Today is International Women’s Day and in 2018 the focus is on #PressForProgress At Marie Stopes we don’t just want to provide services to women, we also support and are passionate about them. The services we provide are important because of the opportunities they make available to women. A woman who has access to contraception is a woman who can …

Marie Stopes Westmead opening

Rejuvenated Clinic Pays Homage to Three Great Australian Women

Sam Wilde Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

Marie Stopes Australia will reopen its sexual and reproductive health clinic at Westmead in Sydney’s west this morning, paying homage to three prominent Australian women who have changed the face of reproductive rights in this country. “The Marie Stopes Australia Westmead Clinic has been supporting Australian women and men for more than 20 years,” CEO Michelle Thompson said. “In that …

Safe nurse in abortion care profession

The Workplace Health & Safety Issue We Are Ignoring

Sam Wilde Advocacy, Media, Safe access

Imagine going to work and being told by random strangers that you are going to hell. You have to push past people who tell you what you do is wrong, that you should be ashamed and that you’re doing the devil’s work. Your vehicle is regularly splashed by ‘holy water’ that mysteriously blisters the paint on your car, and you …

Marie Stopes searches for abortions fund philanthropists

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access, Media

Kate Aubusson, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 September 2017 Marie Stopes Australia is searching for “brave philanthropists” to bankroll a $3 million fund for women struggling to afford abortion and contraception. The not-for-profit plans to use its new tax-deductible gift recipient status to set up two separate funds to pay for pregnancy terminations and contraceptive services for women in financial hardship …

Hubs will help fill sexual and reproductive health gap

Jacquie O'Brien Advocacy, Equity and access, 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 …

It’s time to implement safe access zones

systemadmin Advocacy, Media, Safe access

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

systemadmin Abortion, Advocacy, Blog, Equity and access, 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 …