Contraception: Don’t Take It for Granted

While Westerners may see the benefits of contraception as a given, 225 million women around the world who don’t want to get pregnant are not using any form of contraception.

“While the West waffles on about providing aid for family planning, Africans are asking for it,” writes Faustina Fynn-Nyame, the Kenya country director of the NGO Marie Stopes International, who has seen the effects when contraception is unavailable for women in Ghana and Kenya.

Around 800 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth—and Fynn-Nyame points out in this Guardian op-ed that when a mother dies, her children’s best hope for survival dies with her. In contrast, African girls and women with access to family planning services have a chance to have children later, finish school, and become financially independent.

The Guardian

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