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Access To Family Planning Methods ‘Acceptable To Different Cultures, Economies’ Critical To Saving Lives

The Hill: Family planning is crucial for those in the developing world
Susan Barnett, founder of Faiths for Safe Water

“…[D]espite so many health and economic benefits, somehow the idea of planning ones family has become a dirty word. To deny children a healthy start undercuts so much of the life-affirming good work Americans do around the world. Sensitive, modern family planning is entirely consistent with conservative values and family values. … Access to education and family planning methods acceptable to different cultures and economies — from sophisticated natural planning to safe and cost-effective long-term options — would save so many lives, prevent suffering, and position families for greater security and success. … [I]f we really cared about … the survival and health of millions of women and children, we’d aggressively prevent their suffering and premature deaths with readily available compassionate care that includes education and access to healthy timing and spacing of births” (7/13).