Marie Stopes Clinic reopens in PMB

2010-04-23 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg Marie Stopes Clinic, which closed in 2001, has reopened at 96 Chief Albert Luthuli Street.

The Marie Stopes website states its goal as “the prevention of unwanted births. Our mission is to afford women the right to have children by choice not by chance.”

The centre offers pregnancy termination, contraceptives, HIV tests and counselling among other services on the property.

Jock Strachan, the marketing manager of Marie Stopes South Africa, said that the decision to terminate an unwanted pregnancy is a “sensitive and personal one”.

The Marie Stopes Cinics recognise that “it is a woman’s right to have control over her body and her procreativity”.

“We feel it is important that the woman discusses the options available to her with someone with whom she is comfortable and who she feels will be nonjudgmental.”

But not all women have an individual support structure so Strachan advises that these women contact the staff at any of the centres or call the toll-free number 0800 11 77 85 to get any information they may require.

The clinics also offer counselling to women who decide to terminate pregnancies. If a woman requires more counselling the centre will put her in contact with professionals “but many women choose to go forward with their own support structures”.

Marie Stopes South Africa has 40 centres throughout the country and is committed to the prevention of unwanted pregnancies.

The clinics supply a full range of reproductive services to ensure that South African woman can choose whether to give birth or not.

“We are associated with Marie Stopes International which operates in 43 countries and feel privileged to take global standards of reproductive health care to the communities of South Africa,” Strachan said.

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