Well here we are, a year on. It’s been 12 months since President Donald Trump won the US election and changed the landscape of reproductive rights for women around the world.
In case you missed it, one of the first orders of business for the newly inaugurated Trump administration was to re-enact The Mexico City Policy, which is designed to restrict funding and access to modern reproductive health services for some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in the world. As one of the largest global providers of sexual and reproductive health services, Marie Stopes International will lose US$30 million in USAID funding each year.
What does this mean? USAID is the world’s largest bilateral donor in family planning, transforming the lives of women and girls in developing countries by expanding access to modern contraception.
This year alone, USAID funding would have helped us reach 1.5 million women in some of the poorest, most underserved countries in the world, many in our region.
Approximately 43% of pregnancies in developing regions are unintended and about 13% of global maternal mortality is due to unsafe abortion. We estimate that without alternative funding, the loss of our services during Trump’s first term could result in 6.5 million more unintended pregnancies, 2.1 million unsafe abortions and 21,700 maternal deaths.
Now, more than ever, we need your help to keep reproductive rights on the agenda.
So we put a call out to Australian women; volunteers who agreed to be part of a project to tell us what reproductive choice means to them.
We developed the #mychoice campaign and this video to demonstrate the stark difference between contraceptive access for most Australian women and the 214 million women across the world who want to access contraception but can’t.
Voice your choice!
We’re asking you to share this video with the hashtag #mychoice - telling us what access to contraception means to you and why you think it’s important.Watch the video