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Supporting Women’s Health, Family Planning Critical To Ending Modern Slavery

Huffington Post: One Way Forward in Ending Modern Slavery: Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies
Jenny Eaton Dyer, executive director of Hope Through Healing Hands, and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, assistant professor at the School of Public Policy at Central European University

“Last month, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), held a hearing entitled, ‘Ending Modern Slavery: What is the Best Way Forward?’ We are at an opportune moment to look at the broad range of issues we must address in order to achieve the committee’s goal. Among them are the health needs of women and children worldwide, including the need for healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies. … With strong support from the U.S., family planning is one critical, yet overlooked, component to breaking the cycle of extreme poverty in developing nations worldwide. And by interrupting that cycle, America contributes toward the ambitious goal of ending modern slavery as well. Let’s recognize support for U.S. programs for global maternal, newborn, and child health and family planning today as an important step in combating slavery tomorrow” (3/18).

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