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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 acknowledges National Sorry Day and calls for action

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26 May 2022: MSI Australia (formerly Marie Stopes Australia) has today acknowledged National Sorry Day, and called for the recommendations of the Bringing Them Home Report to be implemented. Today marks 25 years since the Bringing Them Home Report was handed down and tabled in the Australian Parliament. MSI Australia Managing Director Jamal Hakim said the report was a stark …

Governments must provide redress for women and girls who were forcibly sterilised

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This week the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has heard about women and girls with disability being abused and actively denied their sexual and reproductive rights. Double standards still exist across the healthcare sector which expect women with disability to tolerate a level of violence in their own homes at higher rates than …

Reproductive coercion: hidden forces revisited

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 MEDIA STATEMENT 9AM AEDT WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER  REPRODUCTIVE COERCION: HIDDEN FORCES REVISITED In acknowledgement of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is today, MSI Australia has released the second edition of Hidden Forces: a white paper on reproductive coercion in Australia.     Reproductive coercion is behaviour that interferes with the autonomy of a person to make decisions about their …

Media statement on White Ribbon Australia

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MSI 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 with …