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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What services does the Marie Stopes Society provide?

A: Marie Stopes Society provides high quality Reproductive Health information and services. These include counseling, contraception (including emergency contraception), female sterilisation, vasectomy, health screening and referrals.

To meet the mobility challenges faced by many women in Pakistan MSS provides services at three different levels: at the centers, through mobile out reach teams, and community based services delivered at the door steps.

Q: Is Marie Stopes Society a private company?

A: Marie Stopes Society (MSS) is a non-government organization, registered under the Societies Registration Act (1860). Marie Stopes Society operates as a social enterprise rather than on the traditional “Charity” model.

Marie Stopes Society is granted the status of a non-profit organization renewed annually by the office of the Commissioner of Income Tax (Government of Pakistan) under clause (c) of sub section 36 of Section 2 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 read with Rule 214 and 220 of the Income Tax Rules 2002.

Q: What is the relationship between Marie Stopes Society and Marie Stopes International?

A: Marie Stopes Society is an officiate/Global partner of Marie Stopes International (MSI), a UK based charity with partners in 40 countries worldwide.

Q: Does Marie Stopes Society charge clients fees?

A: Yes, MSS charges subsidized fees. However, fees is further subsidized or not charged at all in cases where clients are unable to pay.

Q: What is Reproductive Health?

A: The international Conference on Population Development (1994) defined Reproductive Health as:
” a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes. It implies that people have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so.

Implicit in this is the right of men and women to be informed and to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice, as well as other methods of their choice for regulation of fertility, which are not against the law, and the rights of access to health-care services that will enable women to go sagely through pregnancy and childbirth.

Reproductive health care also includes sexual health, the purpose of which is the enhancement of life and personal relations”

Q: Who was Marie Stopes?

mariestopesA: Dr Marie Stopes was the leading advocate of birth spacing and played a major role in redefining female sexuality in the early 20th century. Marie Stopes opened the UK’s first family planning clinic, the Mothers’ Clinic in Holloway, North London on 17 March 1921. The clinic offered free services to married women and also gathered scientific data about contraception. The opening of the clinic created one of the greatest social impacts of the 20th century and marked the start of a new era in which couples, for the first time, could reliably take control over their fertility. In 1925, the clinic moved to Whitfield Street in Central London, where it remains today. From the 1920s onwards, Marie Stopes gradually built up a small network of clinics. Since the late 1970s the organisation has grown steadily.

Today the Marie Stopes International Global Partnership works in 40 countries and has offices in London, Brussels, Melbourne, Tokyo and Washington DC.