When abortion rights are under attack, we feel it around the world. But together we can #ProtectChoice.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade will remove the right to abortion in America and could damage reproductive rights across the world.
In 1973, abortion was made legal in the United States thanks to a landmark case known as Roe V Wade. However, the Supreme Court has announced that it will overturn this decision, going against public opinion and violating the autonomy and human rights of millions across America.
At MSI, as a global reproductive healthcare provider, our teams witness and deal with the terrible consequences of unsafe abortion every day. Abortion bans don’t prevent abortions, they only make them less safe –and the poorest and most marginalised communities bear the brunt.
As a global abortion provider, we fear that the impact will be felt worldwide.
When the right to choose is under attack in the US, the global anti-choice movement takes notice. But we refuse to go back. We will double-down our efforts to defend reproductive rights and abortion access globally. Will you help us?
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Learn: What could the end of Roe vs Wade mean for women in the US?
Yet abortion care continues to be one of the most heavily restricted healthcare services worldwide. These restrictions force women around the world to travel long distances to access the healthcare they need, requiring sign offs from multiple doctors, prolonging wait times.
With difficult journeys, and additional hoops to jump through, those with the least resources to travel, pay for childcare, and take time off work, find it hardest to access abortion care. Safe services become the privilege of the rich and others are pushed to unsafe or legally restricted methods.
A post-Roe world is likely to be different to a pre-Roe world. Advances in early medical abortion care have shown that with quality medical abortion products, accurate guidance on how to self-administer the products, and access to in-facility care, if facing complications, women can safely self-manage their abortion.
However, if those seeking, providing, and supporting abortion care are at risk of criminalisation, accessing professional medical care in the case of complications, or miscarriages will present additional challenges. Initial research warns that maternal mortality rates will rise, and women of colour will be disproportionately affected.
Please note that the Roe V Wade judgment does not affect the right to access abortion care in the UK. Find out more about our UK abortion services via our UK website.
When anti-choice politicians chip away at American women’s rights, the global anti-choice movement takes notice. Emboldened by their victories in the United States, and often supported by US-affiliated groups, they’ll push for even more restrictions on abortion care, around the world.
Open Democracy have estimated that US right-wing Christian organisations spend on average $280 million every year attacking abortion rights and LGBTQIA rights globally. As a global reproductive healthcare provider, we have seen the impact on our programmes, providers and clients.
Wherever we work, harassment and intimidation is common. In the UK, US-linked protestors harass women and providers entering our clinics. And online, we are increasingly seeing attacks on our Facebook and WhatsApp services that offer free advice and referrals for healthcare.
Across our programmes, we’ve seen US-linked groups lobbying for the removal of sexual and reproductive health and rights and frequently encounter 'advocacy playbooks' exported by US anti-choice groups.
With Roe v Wade overturned, we expect to see a rise in anti-choice activities worldwide.
“It is frustrating for people like us working in reproductive choice in contexts like Ghana, because what happens in the US affects us. It gives power to the opposition and the tools to advance their efforts. It means those who have been on the fence in the past could be easily swayed to become part of the opposition.”Support our abortion advocacy
At MSI, as one of the world's leading providers of sexual and reproductive healthcare, we are working to ensure that no one is left behind and everyone has access to reproductive choice.
Delivering healthcare across 37 countries, MSI focuses on reaching those with least access, such as adolescents and those without the resources to travel to facilities. In 2021, we delivered reproductive choice to over 67,000 people around the world every day and over half of those we supported (55%) had no alternative option for their service.
We know that the majority stand with us in supporting the right to choose. The US is one of a small handful of countries that have restricted access to abortion care over the past few years.
Across the majority of the countries we work in, we have seen progress in reproductive rights, leading to better healthcare and opportunities for women. In Ethiopia, for example, since abortion was legalised in 2005, maternal mortality due to unsafe abortion has dropped from 31% to 1%. And in Nepal, these same unnecessary deaths dropped by 72% when bans were lifted. Wherever we work one crucial fact remains: bans and restrictions do not prevent abortion; they just make them less safe.
At MSI, we are working towards a world where everyone, everywhere has the right to choose. Our work relies on the support of those who stand with us.
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At MSI Reproductive Choices, we believe that everyone should have the right to decide their own future, on their terms.
Our work spans 37 countries providing reproductive healthcare including contraception, safe abortion and post-abortion care, following an unsafe abortion. We open doors. Break down stigma. And go further than anyone else to make choice possible for those who need us.
It only costs £6 per year – or 2 pence per day – for MSI to provide someone with life-changing reproductive healthcare, giving them the power to decide if or when to become pregnant. This reproductive choice helps girls to stay in school, supports women to lead, and helps build more equal communities, with women and girls at the table.
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