Marie Stopes International
|Founder||Tim Black and Jean Black|
|Purpose||To allow women around the world to choose when they have children.|
|Services||Contraception and safe abortion|
|Mission||Children by choice, not chance|
Marie Stopes International is an international non-governmental organisation providing contraception and safe abortion services in 38 countries around the world. Marie Stopes International as an organisation lobbies in favour of access to abortion, and provides a variety of sexual and reproductive healthcare services including advice, vasectomies, and abortions in the UK and other countries where it is legal to do so.
In 2013 Marie Stopes International provided contraception services to 6.1 million women and safe abortion and post-abortion care services to 3.1 million women, a further 9.5 million women were still using a method of contraception provided before 2013. As a result of these services 6.2 million unintended pregnancies and 2.8 million unsafe abortions were averted.
The organisation's core services include family planning; safe abortion and post-abortion care; maternal and child health care, including safe delivery and obstetrics; diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; and HIV/AIDS prevention.
In 1975, the Marie Stopes Foundation was bankrupt and entered voluntary administration. It was taken over by Tim Black who re-founded the organisation as a social business named Marie Stopes International in 1976.
In 2008, Marie Stopes International opened in Mexico City state, where legislative change enabled improved access to abortion services.
Marie Stopes International estimated that the services they provided in 2013 prevented approximately 6.1 million unintended pregnancies, 14,300 maternal deaths and 3.1 million unsafe abortions. In 2013 there were 15.6 million women using a method of contraception provided by Marie Stopes International.
Marie Stopes International runs contraceptive social marketing programmes in 17 countries, such as the Kushi contraceptive pill and injectable in India, Raha condom and Smart Lady emergency contraceptive pill in Kenya, Lifeguard condom in Uganda and Snake condom in Australia aimed at the Aboriginal population market.