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The Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have released a new study comparing global abortion rates between 1990 and 2014. The study found that, while rates of abortion have fallen substantially in the developed world, in the world's poorest countries they have seen no significant change.

12 May 2016

Marie Stopes International (MSI) today announces the appointment of Marjorie Newman Williams to the organisation’s Executive Team. She will take up the role of Vice President, International Operations from January 2016.

10 Dec 2015

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

30 Nov 2015

Wednesday 14th October, London: Sexual and reproductive health charity Marie Stopes UK is celebrating the 90th anniversary of Marie Stopes House, Marie Stopes’ first clinic in central London and one of the first family planning services in Europe.

14 Oct 2015

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

24 Sep 2015

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".

02 Sep 2015

A Northern Irish court has made a decision to overturn anti-abortion campaigner Bernie Smyth’s conviction for harassment of Dawn Purvis, the former director of Marie Stopes UK’s Belfast clinic. The court has also removed a restraining order banning Smyth from approaching the clinic.

30 Jun 2015

Marie Stopes UK has opened a new clinic in Guildford offering women access to early medical abortion in response to the unmet need in the area.

29 Jun 2015

Official figures released today by Public Health England show that young people aged 16 to 24 years continue to experience the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England.

23 Jun 2015

Marie Stopes UK’s response to Department of Health statistics

09 Jun 2015

Marie Stopes International has announced it will double its commitment to Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), the global partnership dedicated to improving voluntary access to family planning information, services and supplies for women and girls in the world’s poorest countries.

03 Jun 2015

Marie Stopes UK pays tribute to an extraordinary woman and announces her new role on its Northern Irish advisory board

10 Apr 2015

Marie Stopes Kenya, as part of the Marie Stopes International partnership is committed, wherever we work, to ensuring every woman is given complete information about the full range of family planning options so that she alone can make an informed choice about the contraception method right for her. Our approach is fundamental to our mission of fulfilling the right of every individual to have children by choice, not chance.

17 Dec 2014

Dawn Purvis, Director of Marie Stopes Northern Ireland responds to today's sentence handed to Bernadette Smyth for harassment.

17 Dec 2014

In response to today’s verdict, Dawn Purvis, Director of Marie Stopes Northern Ireland said: “I fully respect people's right to peaceful protest, but it is totally unacceptable to intimidate women accessing a legal health service or the staff that provide their care. I have both witnessed and been subjected to a culture of daily harassment, and seen these protesters tactics become increasingly aggressive.

19 Nov 2014