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Global, Domestic Zika Responses Must Include Funding For Contraception, Reproductive Health Care

The Hill: Real relief for Zika includes family planning
Latanya Mapp Frett, executive director of Planned Parenthood Global, and Hal Lawrence, executive vice president and CEO of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

“…As Congress finally negotiates funding for a comprehensive response to Zika, family planning must be part of the response, globally and domestically. … It’s challenging that too many governments have, only now with the Zika crisis, acknowledged the value of family planning. Sexual and reproductive health care, including contraception, is our first and best weapon against this crisis. If women’s decision-making around pregnancy was recognized in the law, the disaster we face now would be far less severe. It is time for Congress to take meaningful action to combat Zika. The Senate must prioritize health care, education, and contraception, not politics. Let’s put women and families at the center of our Zika response and fund family planning as a part of that relief” (6/28).