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New UNFPA Report on the Importance of Access to Family Planning Services

by on November 16, 2012

A new report, The State of World Population 2012, by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) explores family planning, human rights, and development. An excerpt from the UNFPA’s Web site briefly describes the report:

Family planning is a human right. Yet today some 222 million women in developing countries are unable to exercise that right because they lack access to contraceptives, information and quality services or because social and economic forces prevent them from taking advantage of services even where they are available.

The State of World Population 2012 explains why family planning is a right, examines the challenges in ensuring that all women, men and young people are able to exercise that right and suggests actions that governments and international organizations can take to give everyone the power and the means to decide freely and responsibly how many children to have and when to have them.

The full report is available online along with other related resources. The materials support UNFPA’s mission to deliver “a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person’s potential is fulfilled.”

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