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Planning Families

As its international agenda weren’t unpopular enough, the Bush administration further isolates itself from the global community with its positions on family planning and women’s reproductive rights in developing countries.

Increasing population is one of the greatest threats to the global environment. Population growth exacerbates climate change, deforestation, loss of habitat, and water and air pollution around the globe. Providing universal access to family planning and reproductive health care gives families the information and services they need to make responsible choices. When given these choices, women and couples overwhelmingly choose to have smaller, healthier families.

The U.S. government claims it is committed to providing family-planning services. It says it refuses to reaffirm the findings of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) simply because the document can be interpreted as promoting abortion — even though the ICPD Program of Action clearly states (section 7.24), “In no case should abortion be promoted as a method of family planning.”

To appease its socially conservative political base at home, the administration has proposed language in international agreements that stresses abstinence over contraception — language opposed by an overwhelming majority of other countries and NGOs. A recent report by the Guttmacher Institute, an international reproductive-rights organization, found that unmet contraceptive needs in developing countries are responsible for 52 million unwanted pregnancies each year, resulting in 1.5 million maternal deaths and more than 500,000 motherless children.


Written by Michael

31 Mar 2004 at 1002am

Posted in Misc.

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