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We're the leading independent provider of sexual and reproductive health services in the UK.

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International work

Helping women everywhere to have children by choice, not chance.

International work

Marie Stopes UK is part of the Marie Stopes International partnership - a global organisation with a common mission: to help women everywhere to have children by choice, not chance.

Marie Stopes International is a charity with 12,000 team members working in 37 countries to deliver its mission. Starting from one single clinic in London in 1976, the organisation has grown to become one of the world’s largest providers of high quality, affordable contraception and safe abortion services.

Giving choice to women around the world

We take many things for granted in the UK: access to water and food, education, security, healthcare.

For many of the world’s poorest, these basic requirements are still all too scarce and the global community is rightly focused on establishing sustainable access to these most basic of needs.

Imagine then, having to provide for yourself and your family without any means of preventing an unplanned pregnancy. For millions of women and men in the poorest communities, contraceptives and safe abortion are either not available or of such poor quality that women and girls have little choice but to have a child they don’t want or cannot support.

All too many resort to dangerous and unsafe methods of abortion. 21.6 million of them in 2016. Women like Christiana, whose story you can read here.

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Marie Stopes International: 40 Years of choice

The freedom to plan for the future

When we provide contraception to the women and men who need it most, we are giving them freedom to support their families, to continue with education, to work and grow, and to plan for the future. These are the pillars to lift them out of poverty.

When we choose to help them to access safe abortion services, we don’t make a political statement or decide what is right or wrong. We help them to stay safe and to return to their communities. When a woman needs post-abortion care following a backstreet abortion, we know that this is a health emergency, and never turn her away.

Marie Stopes International works predominantly in the developing world and over the last 40 years it has served more than 120 million of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable women, giving them the power to take control of their futures.

We’re incredibly proud of the work of all our colleagues across the world. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe we’re all working to help women have children by choice, not chance.

Marie Stopes International website

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