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Why Mexico Is Proof Anti-Abortion Laws Don't Work

Araceli Lopez Nava Vázquez | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK
Araceli Lopez Nava Vázquez

Since January, following President Trump's reintroduction of the Mexico City Policy (an Executive order that withholds American aid from health organisations that provide or even discuss abortion), that hostility has spiked, with abusive tweets filling our social media feeds. This vitriol directed at Mexican women is infuriating on so many levels and inaccurate on at least three. But while the temptation is either to howl in rage or dismiss it as 'just another tweet', these digital outbursts are symptomatic of the misinformation that persists around abortion and the stigmatisation of women who choose to end a pregnancy.

Labour MP Rupa Huq Wants A Change In The Law To Stop Protests Outside Abortion Clinics

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK Politics

A Labour MP wants to force a change in the law to stop protests being staged outside abortion clinics. Rupa Huq is planning to table an amendment to n...

Why I Hope This Week Marks a Turning Point for Women in Northern Ireland

Dawn Purvis | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK
Dawn Purvis

We're so grateful for her call and all those like it. But this week, I have reason to hope that 'those at the top' in Northern Ireland may be compelled to think again when it comes to their stance on abortion.

Some Women Have More Than One Abortion - Why We Should Listen to Them, Not Blame Them

Genevieve Edwards | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK
Genevieve Edwards

Girls and boys enter puberty ill prepared by parents or schools, and then turn to peers in the playground or the internet for advice. And we wonder why our rates of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy are among the highest in Europe.

Why Older Isn't Wiser When It Comes to Our Sex Lives

Genevieve Edwards | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Genevieve Edwards

Research published this week by Marie Stopes shows that of 4,000 adults not trying for a baby, a third of women and almost half of the men had unprotected sex at least once in the past year. And here's the surprising part. Around eight out of 10 of those having unprotected sex said they believed it was "very unlikely" that it would result in pregnancy or they'd contract a sexually transmitted infection. When it comes to our sex lives, it seems we cross our fingers and hope for the best. Yet 185,000 women accessed abortion services last year, which suggests that for quite a lot of us, it does happen. Half a million STIs were diagnosed last year too, some of them incurable and life-threatening.

Deceptive Hysteria Surrounds Abortion Debate in Northern Ireland

Gary Spedding | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gary Spedding

In my opinion, there is a serious lack of education coupled with a deliberate propagation of misinformation in the political and public sphere when it comes to women's reproductive rights in Northern Ireland.

2012 Review: Sexual And Reproductive Health

Helen Marsden | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Marsden

2012 was a year when sexual and reproductive health hit the headlines in a big way. Sexual and reproductive health continues to cause passionate debate around the globe year after year.

Dina Rickman

'It's Surprising It's Been Uncontroversial For So Long' | Dina Rickman | Posted 10.01.2013 | UK

It’s been a great year for the pro-life lobby. That’s the view of Mark Bhagwandin, Senior Education and Media Officer of anti-abortion charity ...

Calls For Inquiry Into Private Abortion Clinic

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK

Northern Ireland's Attorney General has called for an investigation into the opening of the country's first private abortion clinic. John Larkin, w...

Private Abortion Clinic Opens In Northern Ireland

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK

Northern Ireland's first private abortion clinic will officially open on Thursday amid protests from pro-life campaigners. The Marie Stopes centre ...

Is Northern Ireland Ready For Abortion?

Emma Campbell | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Campbell

Northern Ireland is known for its history of religious and state conflict; a recent scar that most of us living here would wish healed. So strange then that the group most disregarded during the Troubles, yet vital to its peace process, i.e. women, should be the subject of unity between the extremes of both Catholic and Protestant religious voices this week

Dina Rickman

'There Will Be A Lot Of Backlash' | Dina Rickman | Posted 11.10.2012 | UK

Abortion is, technically, illegal in Northern Ireland, except in exceptional circumstances. Which is why it's pretty audacious that Marie Stopes is op...

First Private Abortion Clinic To Open In Northern Ireland

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.10.2012 | UK

The first private clinic to offer abortions in Northern Ireland is to open in Belfast, with pro-choice campaigners describing the move as a "real step...

A New Way to Reduce the Number of Abortions

Tracey McNeill | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK
Tracey McNeill

When they leave our centres most women say to us: "Thank you for looking after me, but you won't see me here again." Something is going wrong somewhere, and we want to help put it right.

Sexual and Reproductive Health: The Year in Review

Helen Marsden | Posted 04.03.2012 | UK
Helen Marsden

For much of the world, it's the time of year for family, feasting, present giving, and of course the annual review. They always say if you can't beat them join them, so here's Marie Stopes International's look back at what proved to be a pivotal year in sexual and reproductive health, and a peek forward at 2012.

Abortion: It's not the Government's job to tell Women What Counseling They Need

Kate Smurthwaite | Posted 30.10.2011 | UK Politics
Kate Smurthwaite

The debate around a woman's right to choose on abortion is often thought of as mainly about term limits. It's easy to forget that there are many more obstacles which can be put in the way of women seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy.