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Our programme in Mexico began its work in 1999 in the Chiapas region, with one centre delivering family planning services. At the time the region was an area of political unrest, with a large population of internally displaced people.
Ever since the opening of our first centre we have focused on increasing contraception prevalence rates and improving access to family planning information and services. Marie Stopes Mexico is working hard to reduce the relatively high prevalence of teenage pregnancies, unsafe abortion and maternal deaths across the region, and to offer high quality, affordable and client-centred services to more Mexicans every year.
Mexico has a federal system in which abortion law is determined at state level; currently Mexico City is the only state that has decriminalised abortion by choice up to 12 weeks. One year after the decriminalisation of abortion in 2007 in Mexico City, Marie Stopes Mexico arrived in the capital to provide family planning services and safe abortion to women.
A midwife network has been implemented in the southwest region of the country involving more than 220 community health providers delivering services.
One challenge in Mexico is a lack of sex education and limited access to information on sexual and reproductive health among the youth population, due to a continuing taboo and stigma surrounding sexuality in the country. This has contributed to more than 11,000 girls between the ages of 10 and 14 giving birth every year. Unsafe abortion remains the third leading cause of maternal mortality, particularly among young women aged 15 to 19.
Since 2003, Marie Stopes Mexico has implemented youth programs to educate about sexual health and empower young people to prevent unplanned pregnancies. In addition to lectures, workshops and various activities with young people, this series of programs have included training for teachers of educational institutions, medical personnel and psychologists.
Every year, Marie Stopes Mexico succeeds in reaching more than 100,000 young people across the country, through education programmes and campaigns focused on Mexico's youth.
Mexico has the highest rate of teen pregnancy among the OECD countries.
Vale Madres is a campaign by Marie Stopes Mexico that aims to create a social movement around, and raise awareness of, family planning and contraception in efforts to reduce rates of teen pregnancy, unsafe abortion and maternal mortality.
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
Marie Stopes UK statement in response to news that the British Government will fund abortions for women travelling to England from Northern Ireland.Read more
Harassment of people outside abortion clinics is a national problem and needs a national solution, Marie Stopes managing director Richard Bentley writes.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Four Marie Stopes International team members have been recognised for their work championing family planning, in the 120 Under 40 awards.Read more
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.Read more
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".Read more
In India, increasing numbers of women are being wrongly told they need a court order to access abortion care. A new campaign seeks to clarify the law and reduce stigma.Read more
The United States has announced it is withdrawing funding, totalling more than $30 million, for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).Read more
On Wednesday 29 July the World Health Organisation (WHO) released some of its most ground-breaking guidance yet in the field of safe abortion.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has announced that the UK's first self-injectable contraceptive for women is now available for use at home.Read more
Drug company Pfizer has announced it will launch its Sayana Press self-injectable contraceptive for women in the UK to use at home.Read more
“We do not agree with the conclusions this journalist has reached, which give a seriously misleading view of how our services operate"Read more