Help FPA to highlight the importance of sexual health.
Defend women's healthcare around the world
The Global Gag Rule is an assault on every women.
On 23 January 2017 President Trump signed an executive order reinstating the Global Gag Rule, or the Mexico City Policy. This order denies US funding to global health and family planning organisations if they use money from other donors to provide abortion services, counselling or referrals—even if abortion is legal in a country. It blocks critical funding for life-saving health services like contraception, maternal health, Zika and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment for any organisation that refuses to sign it.
It will have a devastating effect. The World Health Organisation estimates that every day, 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth and 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries. The Policy will hit hardest women living at the margins of society – the poorest, the most remote and those under 25. Zika and HIV are more likely to spread. Millions will suffer.
The Global Gag Rule jeopardises the investment the UK Government has made in women’s health globally. Due to close inter-linkages between women’s health and poverty, environmental degradation, forced migration and conflict, these trends will worsen.
The Global Gag Rule is an attempt to silence the voice, choice, and control of the world’s poorest women. The Policy is an assault on every woman, everywhere.
In the spirit of the Women’s Marches last weekend, we call on the UK government to join other governments in championing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights both politically and financially.
Take action: Sign the International Planned Parethood Federation's petition asking the UK Government to champion life-saving services for women across the world.
Support access to safe services in Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland, intimidation caused by protestors prevents people from accessing safe sexual and reproductive health services.
FPA welcomes the consultation launched by Deputy Leader of the Green Party Northern Ireland Clare Bailey on safe access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services.
For almost 30 years FPA has provided a Pregnancy Choices Counselling Service which offers women a free space for women to explore feelings about their pregnancy. Our counselling is non-directive and provides information on parenthood, adoption and abortion.
As FPA counsellors discuss abortion as a choice with women our office in Belfast is picketed on a daily basis by individuals who attempt to provide inaccurate information to women and who seek to restrict their options.
The entrance to our office is blocked, women are questioned on the reasons why they are coming into the building and leaflets with offensive imagery and language are forced upon them. In 2015 we even had a member of staff followed from the building and assaulted. The protestor wasn’t aware that the individual was a member of staff, rather she thought she was a pregnant woman leaving a counselling session.
Legislation that would provide for a ‘safe zone’ outside sexual and reproductive health services, such as FPA, would be a positive step forward in the provision of safe and accessible sexual health services for women in Northern Ireland.
Take action: Show your support for legislation to protect access to vital services in Clare Bailey's online survey
Stop cuts to contraception services
Our reproductive rights are under attack.
Contraception services are a basic right, earned through decades of struggle. But funding cuts, policy changes and increasingly aggressive opposition are threatening our choices.
You can help us keep the services and choices we have fought hard for.
Take action: Sign our petition calling on the Department of Health to take action to protect contraception services