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To talk about our work in Afghanistan, write to our London support office or phone/email our team in Afghanistan.

Marie Stopes International,
1 Conway Street,
Fitzroy Square,
London, W1T 6LP,
+93 070 88 22 019

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Call centre: +93 075 2220 000 or 075 2025 900 / Psycho-social call centre: +93 0799 67 87 77

Marie Stopes Afghanistan

Throughout our history, we have taken services to women living in some of the world’s most challenging environments. The need for our services in Afghanistan was too great to ignore.

Despite significant progress in many areas over the last years, Afghanistan continues to experience high levels of political instability and a deteriorating security situation. The country is at a key point in its transition from dependency on international aid and support, to increased self-sustainability.

As the country continues to struggle, it is women who pay the highest price - Afghanistan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

The majority of these women die from being too young to give birth or not giving their bodies enough time to recover between births. The loss of lives continues as most women are married too early and receive little or no information about contraception. In many cases, the decision about a woman’s reproductive health is made by her husband. 

Afghanistan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

What we do in Afghanistan

Marie Stopes Afghanistan was established in 2002, the year in which the first post-Taliban Government was constituted. Today, the programme is one of the largest providers of family planning services in the country, especially in providing long-acting and permanent contraception.

Currently, we operate 11 centres across five provinces, through which all-female staff offer a comprehensive range of services, including contraception and post-abortion care. We also work with public health sector staff, delivering services through eight public hospitals.

Despite the insecure environment, we cover most of the country's provinces through more than 200 Marie Stopes Ladies, 16 mobile outreach teams that take services to women living in urban slums and some hard-to-reach rural areas, and social marketing.

Reproductive health is a priority in Afghanistan’s national development strategy and we collaborate closely with the Ministry of Public Health as well as work in partnership with the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Ministry of Education and the National Parliament.

Working with religious leaders

In Afghanistan, we engage with religious leaders and their wives to show that family planning is compatible with Islamic teachings. These leaders are trusted and have high standing in their local community, so they help a great deal with reaching women and men with crucial information about birth spacing, early age pregnancy, child health information and services.

This approach has proven to be incredibly successful; in 2015 an estimated 30% of clients were referred through religious leaders or religious leaders' wives. The approach helps increase community acceptance and support for our services and strengthens our relationship with the Government.


Our impact in Afghanistan

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Marie Stopes International appoints new Chair

Marie Stopes International announces the appointment of Suzanna Taverne as Chair of its Board of Trustees.

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Tuesday 25 February 2020

Press release: New research reveals UK identify as

New data from Marie Stopes International reveals that 9 in 10 UK adults now believe women should be able to access safe abortion services.

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Tuesday 10 October 2017

Media statement: Ealing Council PSPO

This ground-breaking move by Ealing Council sets a national precedent for ending the harassment of women using legal healthcare services.

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Friday 13 March 2020

MSI welcomes Glenda Burkhart as the Chair of the Board of Trustees

We are delighted to announce that Glenda Burkhart is joining Marie Stopes International as Chair of our Board of Trustees

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Thursday 10 December 2015

MSI appoints new VP for International Operations

Marie Stopes International (MSI) today announces the appointment of Marjorie Newman Williams to the organisation’s Executive Team.

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Thursday 15 October 2015

90th anniversary of first family planning clinic

We're celebrating the 90th anniversary of Marie Stopes House - Marie Stopes’ first clinic in central London and one of the first ever family planning services in Europe.

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Thursday 06 August 2015

MSI expertise critical to ending maternal deaths

In West Africa the number of women using a modern contraceptive method can be as low as one in 10, the average number of children is five and maternal and infant mortality rates are amongst the worst.

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Tuesday 12 November 2019

The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25

25 years ago, the world took a stand and recognised Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) as human rights.

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Friday 20 November 2015

UK Parliamentarians visit Sri Lanka clinic

This month the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) for Population, Development and Reproductive Health visited our programme in Sri Lanka, Population Services Lanka (PSL).

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Thursday 12 November 2015

290m of poorest women using modern contraception

A new report by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) released Thursday 12th November shows an unprecedented number of the world's poorest women and girls - 290.6 million.

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Friday 30 October 2015

Marie Stopes International at ICFP

Marie Stopes International will be taking part in the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Indonesia, 9-12 November 2015.

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Monday 05 October 2015

Ratnapura clinic in Sri Lanka re-opens

The Marie Stopes programme in Sri Lanka has re-opened a clinic in the city of Ratnapura, two years after sustained attacks by religious groups forced it to close its doors.

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Friday 25 September 2015

UK women able to self-inject contraceptive at home

Pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has announced that the UK's first self-injectable contraceptive for women is now available for use at home.

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Monday 14 September 2015

Polish anti-abortion bill rejected

On Friday 11 September, a draft bill attempting to ban access to legal abortion in all cases was rejected by the Polish Parliament.

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Wednesday 02 September 2015

Pope to temporarily allow forgiveness for abortion

Pope Francis has made a statement that, for the remainder of the Jubilee Year, all priests will be permitted to absolve women of "the sin of abortion" - if they repent with "a contrite heart".

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Thursday 24 September 2015

MSI comment on self-injectable contraceptive to UK

Drug company Pfizer has announced it will launch its Sayana Press self-injectable contraceptive for women in the UK to use at home.

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Thursday 20 August 2015

MSI Senegal hosts African and European MPs

Marie Stopes International Senegal demonstrated its impact to a delegation of African and European Members of Parliament this week.

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Wednesday 01 July 2015

MSI joins Financing for Development Conference

Key players in funding for development gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the third International Conference on Financing for Development.

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Friday 19 June 2015

Appointment of Megan Elliott

Marie Stopes International (MSI) today announces the appointment of Megan Elliott as Vice President, Strategy and Development.

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Wednesday 24 June 2015

Celebrating reaching our 100 millionth client

This year, somewhere in the world, we will reach our 100 millionth client. Every one of our 100 million clients has a different story. Women like Agathe Dao from Mali.

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Monday 31 October 2016

Marie Stopes International celebrates 40 years

This week, Marie Stopes International marks 40 Years of providing women all over the world with the services they need to have children by choice, not chance.

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Tuesday 20 December 2016

Marie Stopes UK statement: CQC inspection report

Media statement about the Care Quality Commission inspection reports on Marie Stopes UK.

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Sunday 05 March 2017

Media statement: Daily Mail report of Marie Stopes

“We do not agree with the conclusions this journalist has reached, which give a seriously misleading view of how our services operate"

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Thursday 07 June 2018

Court dismisses bid to overturn abortion law

The UK Supreme Court has dismissed the latest attempt to overturn Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws but concluded that they are incompatible with human rights.

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Tuesday 09 July 2019

UK votes to decriminalise abortion in N. Ireland

The UK Government has voted overwhelmingly in favour of decriminalising abortion for women and girls in Northern Ireland.

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Wednesday 24 July 2019

MSI choice app, now available on Play Store

At MSI, we trust women to make the best choices about their own reproductive health. With our new Choice app, women can find the best contraceptive method for their lifestyle and body.

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Friday 20 September 2019

Want to solve the climate crisis? Include women.

Kwesi Formson, Country Director for Marie Stopes Zambia, on why he is on the side of women when it comes to not only tackling the climate crisis but adapting to it too.

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Wednesday 06 November 2019

MSI launches #SmashAbortionStigma campaign

Marie Stopes International – a leading global sexual and reproductive healthcare charity – is today launching a campaign to #SmashAbortionStigma.

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Tuesday 25 February 2020

9 in 10 UK adults now identify as pro-choice

New research from Marie Stopes International shows public support for abortion in the UK is significantly higher than previously thought.

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Friday 01 July 2016

Reconfirming our FP2020 pledge

Following the FP2020 Reference Group meeting this week, Marie Stopes International is today reconfirming its pledge to provide 12 million additional users with a long-term method of contraception.

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Thursday 19 May 2016

Solutions to tackling unsafe abortion

Over 150 people came together at Women Deliver 2016 to hear an expert panel share their practical experiences and solutions from their work tackling unsafe abortion.

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Thursday 12 May 2016

MSI statement on Guttmacher / WHO study

The Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have released a new study comparing global abortion rates between 1990 and 2014.

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Tuesday 08 March 2016

What happens when women can't access contraception

Today (Tuesday 8th March) is International Women’s Day - an annual event that celebrates women’s achievements and raises awareness of the barriers to gender equality.

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Tuesday 08 December 2015

We join the first Summit on Ending Child Marriage

The First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage in Africa took place on 26-27 November, hosted by the Zambian Government in Lusaka.

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Friday 20 November 2015

COMMENT: What does it mean to tell a story?

In 2015, with the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Marie Stopes International-US worked with teams and clients to gather stories that would engage and inspire.

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Monday 30 November 2015

MSI comments on Northern Ireland abortion law

The Belfast High Court has ruled that Northern Ireland's current abortion legislation is "incompatible with human rights".

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Friday 25 September 2015

World Contraception Day 2015

As we prepare to mark World Contraception Day on 26 September 2015, we’re urging action to ensure young people know their contraceptive options.

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Wednesday 02 September 2015

MSI comment on Pope Francis statement on abortion

Pope Francis has made a statement that, for the remainder of the Jubilee Year, all priests will be permitted to absolve women of "the sin of abortion", if they repent with "a contrite heart".

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Wednesday 29 July 2015

New WHO guideline could reduce abortion death toll

On Wednesday 29 July the World Health Organisation (WHO) released some of its most ground-breaking guidance yet in the field of safe abortion.

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Wednesday 01 July 2015

UK Minister sees impact of family planning

Last week, our team in Malawi welcomed the UK’s Minister of State for International Development, the Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps, to a Banja la Mtsogolo (BLM) centre in Lilongwe.

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Wednesday 17 June 2015

Marie Stopes Ladies praised during visit to Niger

At the end of April 2015, our programmes in Senegal and Niger hosted visits from donors and other key stakeholders of the Ouagadougou Partnership.

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Friday 18 November 2016

World Vasectomy Day: challenging misconceptions

Vasectomy is simple, safe and cost-effective, but misconceptions and cultural barriers mean uptake is still extremely low. World Vasectomy Day is hoping to change that.

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Friday 09 June 2017

Dutch Youth Ambassador visits Marie Stopes Nepal

Marie Stopes Nepal has profiled its Rockets & Space youth work during a visit from the Dutch Youth Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Sanne Thijssen.

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Thursday 29 June 2017

New report shows first ever decrease in unmet need

Marie Stopes International says meeting global demand for contraception is possible as a new Guttmacher Institute report shows first ever decrease in unmet need, from 225 million women to 214 million.

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Tuesday 26 September 2017

World Contraception Day 2017

Ten years on from the first ever World Contraception Day, millions of girls are still being robbed of their life chances by being denied contraception.

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Friday 20 October 2017

Daily Mail article statement

The article's key claim is categorically untrue and the the article also includes a number of further incorrect claims about Marie Stopes UK.

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Friday 15 December 2017

Nigeria releases 'watershed' task sharing report

Marie Stopes Nigeria has published new research showing the safety and efficacy of Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) providing long-acting reversible contraception.

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Tuesday 23 January 2018

One year on: the effects of the Global Gag Rule

One year ago today, President Trump re-enacted a policy that ultimately prevents women around the world from accessing life-saving sexual and reproductive healthcare services.

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Friday 23 March 2018

New report from Guttmacher released

On 20th March 2018, Guttmacher Institute released a report that highlights the ongoing disparities in abortion rates and access to safe abortion services in developed and developing regions.

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Thursday 13 June 2019

Study: contraception doesn't increase HIV risk

Marie Stopes International welcomes a landmark study released today that finds certain contraceptive methods do not increase a woman’s risk of HIV.

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Wednesday 26 June 2019

BBC refuses to stop using biased abortion language

The BBC has said it won’t stop labelling attempts to ban abortion after six weeks as “heartbeat bills” - despite conceding the phrase is biased and medically inaccurate.

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Tuesday 23 July 2019

An open letter to the new UK Prime Minister

An open letter to Boris Johnson, the newly elected Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister in the UK.

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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Ealing Safe Zone Court of Appeal Judgment

The Court of Appeal has upheld the Safe Zone outside our West London Centre in Ealing, making clear that harassing and intimidating activities and behaviours towards women are not acceptable.

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Tuesday 24 September 2019

DFID increases funding for reproductive healthcare

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has announced a major funding commitment for sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights projects between 2020 and 2025.

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Wednesday 09 October 2019

New podcast: the decriminalisation of choice

Last month, after a marathon 70 hours of debate in parliament, the state of New South Wales, Australia, voted to decriminalise abortion. Find out more about the road to make this happen.

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Friday 11 October 2019

Meet the teens taking control of their futures

Being a teenager can be exciting and fun, but as we mark International Day of the Girl, we know that too many girls still don’t have the tools they need to control their own lives, bodies and health.

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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Abortion is decriminalised in Northern Ireland

In a momentous victory for pro-choice campaigners, and healthcare professionals, women in Northern Ireland were this morning legally able to access abortion care at home for the first time.

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Tuesday 12 November 2019

Global Declaration on Abortion

Evidence shows that restricting access to abortion does not decrease women seeking abortion, it only makes it less safe. We have signed a joint declaration calling for abortion to be safe and legal.

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Thursday 06 February 2020

What we'll be watching in 2020

We've taken a look at a few upcoming key moments across the UK and US that have the potential to shape the direction of safe abortion access in 2020 and beyond.

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Monday 20 February 2017

30 years of family planning in Malawi

2017 marks 30 years since Marie Stopes International started its programme in Malawi - Banja La Mtsogolo - providing services to refugees fleeing the armed conflict in neighbouring Mozambique.

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Wednesday 05 April 2017

Media statement on US withdrawing funding to UNFPA

The United States has announced it is withdrawing funding, totalling more than $30 million, for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Wednesday 14 June 2017

MSI staff shortlisted for family planning award

A whole host of Marie Stopes International team members have been nominated for 2017's 120 under 40 family planning award.

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Friday 26 May 2017

MSI Australia and WaterAid partner on new project.

Marie Stopes International Australia has partnered with WaterAid Australia on an innovative new project, tackling important areas of adolescent girls’ health in Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea.

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Monday 10 July 2017

MSUK remove abortion fees for Northern Irish women

Marie Stopes UK has announced it will no longer charge Northern Irish women travelling to England for abortion, following a government commitment to fund their treatment through the Equalities Office.

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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Campaigners welcome government scheme for NI women

A government scheme to provide free abortion services in England for women travelling from Northern Ireland has been welcomed by pro-choice campaigners and Labour MP, Stella Creasy.

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Tuesday 05 December 2017

Marie Stopes announces closure of Belfast clinic

Marie Stopes UK announces that it is closing its independent clinic in Belfast, following the UK Government’s move to fund abortion treatment for Northern Irish women.

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Friday 31 August 2018

New DFID funding will help millions of women

DFID announces major new funding for Marie Stopes International

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Tuesday 13 November 2018

New flagship health programme

New flagship health programme to transform the lives of millions of women and girls and accelerate FP2020 progress

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Wednesday 05 June 2019

Introducing SafeAccess

A cross-partner coalition has launched SafeAccess, the first digital platform of its kind, working to eliminate unsafe abortion.

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Thursday 22 August 2019

The UK is a pro-choice nation - and we deserve pro

Harassment of people outside abortion clinics is a national problem and needs a national solution, Marie Stopes managing director Richard Bentley writes.

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Thursday 15 August 2019

The women-led revolution against unsafe abortion

MSI researcher Katy Footman, comments on a recent article which shows that more and more women in the United States are accessing safe abortion pills online.

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Tuesday 21 February 2017

She Decides: A glimmer of hope for women and girls

In response to Mexico City Policy the Dutch government launches She Decides, a global fund designed to minimise the loss of USAID funding on reproductive health initiatives in developing countries.

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Friday 03 March 2017

Governments step up for reproductive rights

Governments and philanthropists pledged €181 million for family planning at the She Decides conference, following the US administration’s decision to re-impose the Mexico City Policy.

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Monday 12 June 2017

MS Nigeria celebrates tasksharing advocacy win

Marie Stopes Nigeria has successfully advocated for all newly qualified community health workers to receive training to insert and remove contraceptive implants and IUDs.

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Thursday 29 June 2017

UK Government to fund abortions for Northern Irish

Marie Stopes UK statement in response to news that the British Government will fund abortions for women travelling to England from Northern Ireland.

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Thursday 19 October 2017

Comment: What our mission means to me

"The mission is one of those things one doesn’t appreciate the presence of, but would immediately and keenly feel the absence of."

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Friday 19 January 2018

Trump’s Global Gag Rule one year on

One year on from President Trump’s re-imposition of the Global Gag Rule, the loss of funding has left Marie Stopes International with a funding gap of nearly US$80m (£60m).

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Saturday 26 May 2018

Statement on the results of the Irish referendum

Marie Stopes UK statement on the results of the Irish referendum

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Thursday 20 June 2019

House votes to repeal Global Gag Rule - What next?

The US House of Representatives has voted to pass a spending package that would reverse the Trump administration’s harmful anti-choice and anti-woman policies.

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Friday 28 June 2019

Global Gag Rule increased abortions by 40%

A new study finds the Global Gag Rule increased abortions by 40% in sub-Saharan Africa, providing crucial evidence about the devastating impact of the policy on vulnerable women and girls.

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Thursday 02 March 2017

Government of Canada pledges $4m to Marie Stopes

Canada has pledged $4 million funding to Marie Stopes International during the She Decides International Conference in Brussels.

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Tuesday 27 June 2017

MSI-US launches Blue Door Fund to reach new donors

MSI-US calls on donors to 'open the door' for women around the world, and support their Blue Door Fund. The Fund aims to help address the family planning funding gap created by the Mexico City Policy.

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Monday 23 January 2017

Re-enactment of the Mexico City Policy

Marie Stopes International warns that women in developing countries will pay the price for the Mexico City Policy with thousands more maternal deaths every year.

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