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BY  LORA VLAEVA

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

In a report released Wednesday, the United Nations is calling family planning a universal human right.

The U.N. Population Fund urges “governments to create the conditions that support people’s right to plan families,” calling access to contraceptives is a “fundamental human right” and that it “should be made available to everyone who wants it.”

According to UNFPA, family planning will increase women’s productivity. Canada’s CBC quotes the report:

“Women who use contraception are generally healthier, they are better educated, they are more empowered in their households and communities and more economically productive”

The report says family planning would also impact the economy positively. ThinkProgress noted the report shows “spending an additional $4.1 billion on family planning funding could save $11.3 billion each year on health care for new mothers and infants in poor countries.”

Access to contraception is mainly an issue in developing countries. UNFPA cites research showing 222 million women in Third World Countries do not have access to birth control.

And yet, the report notes many poor countries have not made family planning one of their priorities, but The Guardian says that may change.

“At a London summit in July, donor countries and foundations pledged $2.6bn to make family planning available to 120 million women with unmet needs ... in developing countries by 2020. Developing countries themselves pledged $2bn.”

But money might not be enough without political will. The UNFPA has called on governments to make contraceptives accessible to its citizens by 2015.

UN Declares Access to Contraception a Universal Human Right

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Nov 14, 2012

UN Declares Access to Contraception a Universal Human Right

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

BY  LORA VLAEVA

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

In a report released Wednesday, the United Nations is calling family planning a universal human right.

The U.N. Population Fund urges “governments to create the conditions that support people’s right to plan families,” calling access to contraceptives is a “fundamental human right” and that it “should be made available to everyone who wants it.”

According to UNFPA, family planning will increase women’s productivity. Canada’s CBC quotes the report:

“Women who use contraception are generally healthier, they are better educated, they are more empowered in their households and communities and more economically productive”

The report says family planning would also impact the economy positively. ThinkProgress noted the report shows “spending an additional $4.1 billion on family planning funding could save $11.3 billion each year on health care for new mothers and infants in poor countries.”

Access to contraception is mainly an issue in developing countries. UNFPA cites research showing 222 million women in Third World Countries do not have access to birth control.

And yet, the report notes many poor countries have not made family planning one of their priorities, but The Guardian says that may change.

“At a London summit in July, donor countries and foundations pledged $2.6bn to make family planning available to 120 million women with unmet needs ... in developing countries by 2020. Developing countries themselves pledged $2bn.”

But money might not be enough without political will. The UNFPA has called on governments to make contraceptives accessible to its citizens by 2015.

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