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Access To Legal Abortion Services, Contraception Vital To Women’s Health

Huffington Post: Abortion and Maternal Health: The Global Health Crisis No One Is Talking About
Christine Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands

“…Providing contraception to the 225 million women who want to avoid pregnancy in the developing world would decrease the need for abortion services; however, even when quality contraceptive services are widely available, there will always be a need for abortion. Through our Global Programs, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is working to increase access to contraception, provide sexual and reproductive health education, and advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights. … We as a society, from Seattle to Dubai, must eliminate restrictions on a woman’s ability to decide when and if she has children, because no woman should die from an unsafe abortion” (9/30).

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