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General News    H3'ed 11/14/12

United Nations Declares Access To Contraception A 'Universal Human Right'

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For the first time, the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) explicitly described family planning as a 'universal human right.' In its annual report, the organization said that improved access to contraception and other methods of family planning could greatly improve the lives of women around the world:
'Family planning has a positive multiplier effect on development,' Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the fund, said in a written statement. 'Not only does the ability for a couple to choose when and how many children to have help lift nations out of poverty, but it is also one of the most effective means of empowering women. Women who use contraception are generally healthier, better educated, more empowered in their households and communities and more economically productive. Women's increased labor-force participation boosts nations' economies.'
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