Reproductive Healthcare: International Options

With the prevalence of Crisis Pregnancy Centers, it can be difficult to know who out there is willing to pull for your reproductive health and rights. Here in the US, Planned Parenthood is our go-to for solid information, sensitive staff, medical procedures, and contraception counseling.

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But what about those places in the world where Planned Parenthood doesn’t exist? We decided to look into some international organizations that are dedicated to providing reproductive care world-wide.

Marie Stopes International

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Next to Planned Parenthood, Marie Stopes is probably the best known name for sexual healthcare. Marie Stopes, the person, founded the very first birth control clinic in Britain in the early 20th century and her clinics have long been a staple in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia. And contrary to popular belief, she was never an advocate for abortion, thinking that proper education and preventative birth control were a better way to go.

Marie Stopes, the organization, has offices in all of the countries below:

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When you go to a Marie Stopes clinic, you can expect services in the following:

  • Family planning (long and short-term contraception, including condoms, hormonal birth control, vasectomies, etc.)
  • Maternal and newborn health resources (quality and affordable care for women and babies, education on how to care for a baby, advice on contraception for the future, counseling for families)
  • STD testing and prevention (HIV testing, testing and treatment for viral and bacterial STDs, prevention for vertical transmission between mothers and babies)
  • Abortion and after-abortion care (where the law allows)

Planned Parenthood International

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While Planned Parenthood is an American staple, they do have an international arm which functions in other countries and are continuing to look for more places to expand to. Currently, though, you will find them in the countries below:

Planned Parenthood International

Planned Parenthood was founded around the same time as Marie Stopes, by Margaret Sanger, who was later arrested for providing information about contraception to the public. Today, Planned Parenthood continues to cause plenty of controversy in the US by being an advocate for women’s health.

At Planned Parenthood International facilities, you can find the following services:

  • Family planning (long and short-term contraception, including condoms, hormonal birth control, vasectomies, etc)
  • Maternal and newborn health resources (quality and affordable care for women and babies, education on how to care for a baby, advice on contraception for the future, counseling for families)
  • STD testing and prevention (HIV testing, testing and treatment for viral and bacterial STDs, prevention for vertical transmission between mothers and babies)
  • Abortion and after-abortion care (where the law allows)

Pathfinder

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For half a century, Pathfinder has existed under the mission of bringing healthy sexual practices to people all over the globe. They are particularly well-known for suing the US government to end the Global Gag Rule, which prevented US-run companies from providing family planning assistance to other countries.

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Unlike Marie Stopes and Planned Parenthood, Pathfinder does not run clinics nor provide assistance themselves. Instead, they work with local groups to provide these services and set up clinics of their own, by making sure their programs are safe, positive, and conducive to the needs of the local community. If you contact your local Pathfinder representative, they will be able to tell you how to access these resources from their partner clinics.

International Women’s Health Coalition

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The International Woman’s Health Coalition works with many smaller companies the globe over to find innovative solutions for women’s healthcare. Much like Pathfinder, their main programs help grassroots campaigns in countries that don’t have decent access to sexual health care start their own programs and be successful. Currently, they have programs in the countries below:

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But they have previously funded over 80 other programs in a grand total of 25 countries. Your local health clinic may be a part of their network already!

Know of Any We Missed?

If you know of any other sex positive reproductive health groups, please let us know! We will add them to the list!

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