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 …

Tabith Baca, standing with arms crossed in a defiant pose, wearing a white long sleeved shirt.

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

We are looking for ‘brave philanthropists’ to support our $3 million Choice Fund for Australians who are struggling to afford abortion and contraception.  We plan to use our tax-deductible gift recipient status to pay for pregnancy terminations and contraceptive services for people experiencing financial hardship who can’t pay for private clinics.  Our fund will provide coverage for transport and accommodation costs, particularly for people in rural and remote areas where services are scarcest.  We’re looking for pro-choice backers who are committed to universal access …

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 …

Women in NSW deserve better

systemadmin Advocacy, Equity and access, 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 …

IWD2017: be bold to tackle the stigma of abortion

Sigrid Firth Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access

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 …

Country woman head resting on her hand

Tele-abortion improves access

Eleonore Bridier Abortion, Advocacy, Equity and access

Providing access to safe, early pregnancy termination services for women living in regional and rural areas of Australia has historically been a difficult task, with many women having to travel long distances at great expense to visit a clinic. Now tele-abortion, or medical abortion via teleconsultation, is available to women living in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern …