Sexual and reproductive health rights, health, population, UNPFA, GLOBAL:
Family planning falters despite global commitments

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UNITED NATIONS - The latest 2012 UN Population Fund report, released Wednesday, says the huge unmet need for family planning persists.
This is “despite international agreements and human rights treaties that promote individuals’ rights to make their own decisions about when and how often to have children”.

An estimated 222 million women lack access to reliable, high-quality family planning services, information and supplies, putting them at risk of unintended pregnancies.

The report notes that even in developed countries, there are high levels of unintended pregnancies, especially among adolescents, the poor and ethnic minorities.

The report finds that financial resources for family planning have declined and contraceptive use has remained mostly steady with a 0.1 percent increase in contraceptive prevalence per year over the last few years. /ips (END//2012)

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