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MSI Australia welcomes free access to abortions in the ACT

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MSI Australia applauds ACT Government moves to become the first jurisdiction to provide free abortion access to all women and pregnant people, including those on temporary visas. Abortion and contraception are areas of healthcare that remain vastly under-funded throughout a patchwork of regions in Australia. Managing Director Jamal Hakim welcomed the announcement. “This week the ACT Government has announced a …

Apology for forced medical procedures linked to colonisation and racism in Australia

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MSI Australia today apologised to First Nations peoples subjected to forced contraception, abortion and sterilisation related to institutional and systemic racism in Australia since invasion. Sexual and reproductive healthcare providers have been in Australia since invasion. Colonial violence resulted in thousands of years of health and healing knowledge to be overlooked and prohibited. Managing Director Jamal Hakim said the wrongs …

MSI Australia calls for a national approach to increase access to abortion care

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Ahead of the Ministers for Women meeting in Adelaide today (Friday 22 July), the only national abortion, contraception and vasectomy provider MSI Australia (formerly Marie Stopes Australia) is calling for a national approach to abortion care. Across Australia, people seeking abortions continue to face a postcode lottery. When abortion moved into health law in states and territories, layers of regulation …

MSI Australia rallies for bodily autonomy and abortion rights

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MSI Australia (formerly Marie Stopes Australia) will show up across the country this weekend to attend rallies to stand in solidarity with women and pregnant people in USA, and to highlight that there is still much more work to do for abortion access in Australia. In the week since Roe v Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court in the …

MSI Australia releases groundbreaking Australian Abortion Access Scorecard

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In the wake of the Supreme Court in America overturning Roe v Wade, MSI Australia (formerly Marie Stopes Australia) has today released a state of play of the current laws in every state and territory in Australia. While abortion has been partly decriminalised throughout the country, there are disparate regulations that influence different levels of access in each state and …

South Australians will have access to a new method of abortion care

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For the first time in history, Australia will have a national teleabortion service. Yesterday, it was announced that South Australia passed new regulations for the Termination of Pregnancy Act (SA) 2021. The new law will take effect on 7 July 2022. It will also mean that patients are no longer at risk of criminalisation. This means that Western Australia is the …

MSI Australia statement on Roe v. Wade and abortion care access in Australia

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MSI Australia (formerly Marie Stopes Australia) stands in solidarity with the women’s march taking place across the USA on Saturday 14 May and abortion providers who are facing unruly legal attacks on abortion care and access. Leaked papers have revealed that Roe vs Wade could be overturned in coming months, putting legal access to abortions across the nation at risk. …

Abortion reforms passed in the Northern Territory

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The Northern Territory parliament has unanimously passed important abortion law reforms which will increase access and equity for women and pregnant people in the territory. NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles introduced amendments to the Termination of Pregnancy Law Reform Act 2017 in November to further increase access and equity to safe reproductive healthcare for women in the Northern Territory. Parliamentarians …

MSA cautions NSW parliament against proposed laws that could restrict abortion access

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MSI Australia is calling on NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet to stand by a commitment made during his first week in the top job to avoid any changes to abortion related laws. Last week the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Loss of Foetus) Bill 2021 was brought to the NSW Legislative Assembly. It is a reiteration of a previous Bill tabled in 2020 …

Victorian investment promises increased sexual and reproductive health access

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Victorian investment promises increased sexual and reproductive health access The Victorian State Budget delivers timely investment in healthcare with a lens on diversity. Funding towards gender-responsive budgeting measures is a welcome addition, with the potential to increase sexual and reproductive health access, equity and agency. The $3.8 billion investment in mental health is applauded, an essential investment in the pandemic …

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The Budget delivers promising telehealth reforms but we need further investment

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The Budget delivers promising telehealth reforms but we need further investment If the Government is serious about the National Women’s Health Strategy, we will need further investment in abortion care to ensure proposed measures succeed. Federal Budget announcements this week include promising telehealth reforms, and highlights a mixture of benefits and gaps in other areas of sexual and reproductive health. …

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The Federal Budget must invest in abortion care

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The Government has announced investments of $353.9 million over the next 4 years for women’s health as part of the 2021-22 Budget. It is not yet clear if, how and where this investment will fund equity and access in abortion care. This investment is linked to the five priority areas of the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020–2030 and the improvement …

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Nurse-led medical abortion care reforms proposed in Victoria

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MSI Australia congratulates Fiona Patten MP and her office for the adjournment asking for nurse-led medical abortion care. Fiona Patten MP tabled the adjournment in Victorian Parliament on Thursday, 29 April. The adjournment was consistent with the recommendations in the Legislative Scan we published last year that called for legislative reform to enable nurse-led medical abortion care and is consistent …

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Our 2020 Impact Report: maintaining access while keeping our clients and team safe.

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MEDIA RELEASE 22 April 2021 Today we have published a report sharing our impact during 2020. We started 2020 with a vision about how we would continue advancing our mission in Australia with a keen focus on delivering Your Choice, No Matter What. When the pandemic was called and we initiated a crisis management team structure, our goal for the …

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Historic day for women as abortion officially decriminalised in South Australia

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MEDIA RELEASE South Australia (SA) is the latest Australian jurisdiction to formally decriminalise abortion, after the state’s upper house passed new laws on 3 March. The passing of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill came quickly after the lower house passed the legislation 29 votes to 15 in February. It was then sent back to the upper house for final approval, …