Our vision: A world in which every birth is wanted
Our mission: Children by choice, not chance
Marie Stopes International believes that accessible family planning is essential if women are to enjoy their sexual and reproductive rights. It is also a crucial and cost-effective public health intervention, which can promote economic development and gender equality as well as reduce poverty and maternal deaths.
When women and men are given the choice and the opportunity to use family planning, they can break away from many of the harsh consequences of not being able to control when they have children and how many they have.
For women, this can improve their social and economic position. Women with access to family planning can have increased opportunity to work and participate in the economy, or to pursue their education if they wish. They have greater ability to feed, clothe and educate the children they do have. And in this way, they can elevate their role in family and community decision making, increase their standards of living and help reduce poverty.
In 2013, we estimate there were over 15.6 million people worldwide using family planning provided by Marie Stopes International. As a result, over 6.2 million unintended pregnancies will be averted, over 2.8 million unsafe abortions will be prevented and over 14,300 lives will be saved.