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Stand for Choice

Join us in celebrating ‘Choice Week’, which marks two global days – World Contraception Day and International Safe Abortion Day. This week is all about celebrating the power of reproductive choice.

It's Choice Week, a moment to collectively share stories and advocate for reproductive choice. We’re inviting everyone, everywhere to #StandForChoice.

This week is all about the transformative power of reproductive choice. September 26 is World Contraception Day 2022 and September 28 is International Safe Abortion Day 2022. It's a time of reflection, learning and action. It's a moment to be bold. 

What is Choice Week?

World Contraception Day was launched with the vision that everyone who wants access to contraception can get it, by raising awareness of contraceptive options. International Safe Abortion Day was launched to campaign for global abortion rights, so that no abortion is unsafe and everyone has access to this essential healthcare.

Now, we are bringing these days together under Choice Week, to celebrate the transformative power of reproductive choice, inviting pro-choice people everywhere to #StandForChoice on social media.

Read more about choice below, and take our three actions to support reproductive choice for everyone who needs it:

1. LEARN more about choice 

Scroll on to learn all about global reproductive choice.

2. SHARE on social media

Join the conversation on social media and tell the world why you #StandForChoice. Our social media toolkit is here to help

3. FUND abortion access 

Support someone to access life-changing contraception or abortion care by donating to global reproductive healthcare access.

LEARN ABOUT REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE

What is reproductive choice?

Reproductive choice means the power to decide if or when to become pregnant, with access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, including contraception and abortion care.

A world of opportunities opens up when women and girls have choice. Contraception supports girls to finish school, pursue their career, and plan for their futures, and abortion care is transforming and saving lives every day.

Globally, abortion rights are moving forward

This year, interest in abortion care and US abortion laws skyrocketed following the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade, removing the right to abortion in America. It shone a light on both the importance of reproductive choice and the fragility of reproductive rights.

Despite the backwards step in the US, it’s clear that progress is winning. The rest of the world keeps moving forward on reproductive rights. In the past couple of decades, only three other countries have rolled back abortion rights while 59 countries have expanded them.

Countries like Ethiopia, Nepal, Cambodia, and several countries across Latin America have seen the data and made the evidence-based decision to expand abortion access. When Nepal made abortion legal, they saw a staggering 72% decrease in maternal deaths from unsafe abortion. The progress we're seeing may not be fast enough, but it's happening.

With more and more people deciding to unapologetically #StandForChoice, even more progress can be made and more lives can be saved.

Roe V Wade: we refuse to go backwards

Time and again we've seen that abortion restrictions don’t prevent abortion, they just make them less safe. It’s the health, lives and futures of women and girls—particularly those who are the most marginalised—that bear the brunt. 

And it doesn’t stop with abortion. Anti-choice groups are capitalising on Roe v Wade to erode people’s access to contraception too. But the world needs contraception. We know first-hand the importance of giving people autonomy over their reproductive health and the ability to decide if, or when, they would like to become pregnant. 

This is not a moment to despair. The overturning of Roe V Wade has galvanised the global pro-choice community. It's time to double down efforts to protect choice: building awareness of reproductive rights, challenging abortion stigma and barriers preventing access, and funding reproductive healthcareLearn more about the global impacts of Roe V Wade and how you can protect choice

Our language guide for ending abortion stigma through conversation & content

With a growing number of conversations around abortion, it’s more important than ever that people can access accurate information on their reproductive rights and where to access care. That’s why we’ve created a short abortion language guide to help people with platforms talk and write about abortion responsibly and accurately.

#StandForChoice like our brave  providers 

MSI providers are nurses, midwives, and doctors working around the world to make reproductive choice possible.

In many of the countries where we work, reproductive healthcare is still taboo. Some providers hide their work from their families, and many face opposition and stigma every day for giving women access to the reproductive health services they want. They bravely step out every day, to give women and girls control over their futures.

This short video features a few of MSI's amazing providers sharing why they provide.

Why reproductive choice matters: snapshots from around the world

The progress made when it comes to sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights comes in many forms, and is always driven by passionate people fighting for choice in their communities. Here's a selection of stories and case studies spanning the globe from the past year ⬇️

 

Advocating for abortion rights in the UK

In March 2022, MSI Reproductive Choices and UK partners successfully campaigned for at-home abortion services (telemedicine) to be available permanently in the UK. Now, we're advocating for the decriminalisation of abortion care in Great Britain, and for national buffer zones around abortion clinics in the UK. Click to read more about how we are advocating for abortion rights in the UK.

The impact of liberalising abortion in Nepal, Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Nepal

Expanding access to sexual and reproductive healthcare, including abortion care, saves lives. MSI abortion providers in Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Nepal speak about the difference legalising abortion has made in each of their countries. 

Five women from Mexico to Ethiopia fighting for choice

Five abortion providers and advocates in Mexico, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Nepal, and England share how they navigate hurdles and go above and beyond to protect reproductive choice.

Protecting choice on the frontline of the climate crisis in Senegal

Globally, the communities that contribute least to the climate crisis are suffering the most, with women in low- and middle-income countries bearing the brunt. To support women on the frontline of the crisis to adapt, we need to protect access to sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights.

Partnering with the Government of Uganda for sustainable access

Right now, MSI is meeting the reproductive health needs of millions of people who otherwise wouldn’t have access. But in the long-term, national health systems should be equipped to provide these services. To expand contraceptive choice for women in Uganda, we partnered with the government and others to strengthen the national health system.

Three actions needed to support abortion access:

1. Remove barriers to safe abortion care such as restrictive laws, policies, or clinical practices

Working for more than 45 years as an abortion provider across the world, we know a thing or two about what’s needed to protect and advance abortion access. We’re working closely with governments, decision-makers, and partners to dismantle barriers and expand access.

 

 

2. Challenge abortion stigma by building awareness of reproductive health and rights

Abortion is a safe and common medical procedure—nearly 1 in 3 pregnancies end in abortion worldwide. Yet there’s still a lot of misinformation driven by stigma and anti-choice groups. Everyone has a part to play to normalise abortion and communicate about it in a responsible way that doesn’t perpetuate stigma — especially our leaders, media, and people with a platform.

3. Fund abortion access

Abortion is essential healthcare and, like any other type of healthcare, it needs long-term funding. Especially for poor and marginalised communities who are the hardest hit by abortion restrictions. Your support can help.