Over 40 years ago, Marie Stopes International was founded in pursuit of a single vital mission: to ensure every woman and girl has the knowledge, tools and power to determine her own future. At this moment, all over the world, women and girls are receiving life-changing, life-saving healthcare from our dedicated teams working across 37 countries. But our work is far from done.
Every day, millions of women and girls around the world seek, but cannot access, safe abortion services. Many women don't know where to turn for support, don't know what the law allows, or are too worried about the stigma associated with abortion to even ask for help. This lack of knowledge and fear of judgement is putting women's lives at risk.
This must change.
Our experience shows that, working together, we could eliminate unsafe abortion within five years. But we cannot do it alone. So we call on providers, governments, donors and civil society to come together and to decide that the lives of women and girls are worth saving.
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We could eliminate unsafe abortion worldwide
We are on the ground in 37 countries around the world, going the last mile to deliver practical solutions and life-changing services.
We’re working tirelessly to expand access to high quality and modern contraception, and to offer the widest range of methods in every country we operate in, so that every woman we meet can choose the method that is right for her.
In the countries where we're legally permitted to do so, we help women to safely end their pregnancies. We also provide immediate, life-saving care for women suffering from unsafe abortion and miscarriage.
Our maternal health services support women who would otherwise have no choice but to give birth without properly skilled attendants or emergency obstetric care.