Celebrating 40 years of giving women the power of children by choice, not chance

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Forty years ago in 1976, Marie Stopes International (MSI) was founded with a simple mission: To give every woman the power to have children by choice, not chance – no matter where she lives, or what resources she has.

Over the last four decades, MSI has grown from a single clinic to a global partnership, providing contraception and safe abortion care to millions of women in 37 countries. We now stand at the forefront of a global movement to give women and girls control over their reproductive health, their lives and their futures.

The women and girls we serve are the center of everything we do—and we go to great lengths to reach them. Our local teams of professionals travel hundreds of miles to some of the hardest-to-reach places. They cross mountains, deserts and jungles to deliver personalized, voluntary reproductive health care to some of the most vulnerable, under-served women around the world.

But our work is far from over. Millions of women and girls still live in a world without choice. MSI is committed to reaching them, wherever they are. Join us in celebrating how far we’ve come over the past 40 years, and committing to the fight against a world without choice. Together, let’s help women own their futures.

Watch the video below to learn more about MSI’s 40th anniversary and our ongoing mission of children by choice, not chance.

Our Global Impact Last Year


women using a MSI
method of contraception


unintended pregnancies


unsafe abortions prevented


pregnancy-related deaths prevented