By Claire, Communications Intern
In 2007 a coalition of international scientific and medical organizations started this campaign to make every pregnancy wanted. Sponsored by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, these organizations are attempting to raise awareness on the international level about the necessity of family planning and the benefit it brings to women and their families all over the world. This coalition includes:
- Asian Pacific Council on Contraception (APCOC)
- Centro Latinamericano Salud y Mujer (CELSAM)
- European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC)
- German Foundation for World Population (DSW)
- International Federation of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (FIGIJ)
- International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
- Marie Stopes International (MSI)
- The Population Council
- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Women Deliver
Unfortunately we live in a world where there are still significant barriers for anyone who is seeking to control the size of their family and to delay pregnancy. America is facing an unprecedented attack on women’s reproductive rights with a direct emphasis on restricting access to birth control options from many of the women and families in this country. In regions of the world already in dire need of general health services, the barriers for women are even higher and the need to space pregnancy even greater. We still have a long way to go before every pregnancy is a wanted pregnancy.
World Contraception Day this year focuses “on the need to encourage young people to exercise their right to search for accurate, unbiased information about contraception to prevent an unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection (STI).” It is especially important that young people, as the future generation, be as educated as possible about their reproductive health. They have a power for immense change throughout the world; a change to respect and support contraceptive use is what we need right now. Young people can put us in the right direction. Comprehensive, medically-accurate information about birth control options can be found here and here.