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Marie Stopes International Announces Global Conference on Abortion November 10, 2006

Posted by Winter in reproductive rights.

For your information.

Next year, international sexual and reproductive health agency, Marie Stopes International, will hold a major international conference in London focusing on abortion. The event, to be held on 23-24 October 2007 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster, will mark the 40th anniversary of the Abortion Act in the UK.

The conference: Safe Abortion “ Whose right? Whose choice? Who cares?(working title) will confront both international and national issues associated with unsafe abortion, focusing on rights, advocacy and funding. The conference will not address the clinical issues around abortion, but instead call on governments, funders, and decision makers from the UK, Europe and in the developing world to do something concrete to reduce the appalling loss of life due to unsafe abortion, said PatriciaHindmarsh, External Relations Director of Marie Stopes International.

At least 70,000 women die every year due to unsafe abortion, a shocking statistic in itself. But what is equally shocking is the fact that, despite all the rhetoric, promises and international commitments to reduce maternal mortality and provide women everywhere with access to quality sexual and reproductive health services, this death toll has remained unchanged for decades. It is time for governments and funders to step up and take action.

October 27th 2007 will also mark the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, which Marie Stopes International contends is long overdue for reform. In this day and age, the 1967 Act is an anachronism. It is a paternalistic piece of legislation that denies women the right to decide for themselves whether or not to have an abortion. We will use this conference as a platform to advocate for much needed law reform, said Liz Davies, Director of UK Operations.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 574 7400

Marie Stopes International



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