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NPR Examines How Religious Beliefs Influence Family Planning In Pakistan

NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Wednesday examined how Islam influences health and family planning decisions in Pakistan, one of Asia’s fastest-growing populations. In Pakistan, mullahs generally regard contraception as sin, a high rate of illiteracy among women undermines family planning and a lack of access to adequate health care contributes to a high maternal mortality rate, according to the piece, which profiles a mufti, a physician and two families making very different decisions about the size of their families (McCarthy, 8/10).

NPR’s health blog “Shots” on Tuesday looked at efforts to educate men in Nigeria about contraception (Thrasybule, 8/9).