Family Planning Program In Senegal Encounters Resistance With Religious Leaders
Washington Post: Family planning program in Senegal drawn into conflict with religious leaders
In Senegal, “a government program to increase contraceptive use and reduce family sizes … is part of a global campaign that aims to give 120 million more women around the world access to contraception by 2020. For supporters of the program, the benefits of contraception are clear: better health for women and children, economic benefits and smaller families. This last justification, smaller families — and so smaller populations — has drawn the women’s health program into conflict with religious leaders and rekindled suspicions about the motivations for international aid…” (Gaestel, 3/15).