Marie Stopes International Australia

Marie Stopes International Australia was established in 1998 and is a partner of the Marie Stopes International Global Partnership.


The stated vision of Marie Stopes International Australia is found on their website:[1]

"Marie Stopes International Australia is committed to the prevention of unwanted births and the right of individuals and couples to decide freely and without coercion the number and spacing of their children and their right to obtain both the information and the means to do so."



As at March 2012, the following worked for the organization:[2]

  • Maria Deveson Crabbe, Chief Executive Officer
  • Liz Sime, Regional Director
  • Dana Hovig, CEO, Marie Stopes International Global Partnership


As at March 2012, the following served on the board for the organization:[3]

  • Glenyce Johnston
  • Maria Deveson Crabbe, Chief Executive Officer, Marie Stopes International Australia
  • Jane Black, MSc Dev (Pop & Rep Health), DMSt, BA (Hons)
  • Elle Cox
  • Bolormaa Dashdavaa
  • Dana Hovig, CEO, Marie Stopes International Global Partnership
  • Alison McIntosh, PhD Population Planning, MSc, BA, RN, Dip. Public Health Nursing
  • Julie Mundy, Company Secretary, Founding MSIA CEO, 
GAICD, PBAS, B.Comm (Hons)


As at March 2012, the following served as patrons for the organization:[4]

  • Lyn Allison, Former Senator and Leader of the Australian Democrats
  • Ian Howie, Former UNFPA Country Programme Manager and Global Director of Human Resources
  • Sean Cummins
  • Dr. Sally Cockburn
  • Dr. Michael Hewitt-Gleeson
  • Sean Triner, MSc Dev (Pop & Rep Health)

Patient Deaths

In 2010, a woman who has not been named by government officials received the abortion drug RU486 at a Marie Stopes International Australia abortion facility. She subsequently contracted the streptococcus A infection and died of sepsis. The Australian newspaper indicated the case was reported to a coroner, but no inquest was convened. It also reported Marie Stopes International Australia and the Therapeutic Goods Administration refused to release information about the woman’s death, citing patient confidentiality. The death is the only one to be linked to use of RU486 since its introduction to Australia in 2006 and is believed to be the first in at least a decade involving a sanctioned elective abortion. [5][6]


  1. Marie Stopes International Australia: Our Vision Our Mission (accessed on March 19, 2012)
  2. MSIA: our leaders (accessed on March 19, 2012)
  3. MSIA: our board members (accessed on March 19, 2012)
  4. MSIA: our patrons (accessed on March 19, 2012)
  5. Abortion Drug Kills Woman in Australia at Marie Stopes, March 19, 2012 (accessed on March 19, 2012)
  6. Family First NZ: ABORTION PILL DEATH SPARKED WARNING, March 19, 2012 (accessed on March 19, 2012)
Last modified on 19 March 2012, at 21:46