Pregnancy and Choice: How access to family planning, sex education, and birth control vary globally

 Pregnancy and Choice: How access to family planning, sex education, and birth control vary globally


The 1973 historic Roe v. Wade decision by the United States Supreme Court was recently overturned, making headlines around the world and sending a strong message that women's reproductive health is still highly polarised and frequently out of their control.

It pits the US against many other nations which consider abortion to be a human right.

The US is one of just four nations in more than 25 years to have done away with protections for legal abortion.

The global anti-choice movement pays attention when anti-choice politicians attack American women's rights, according to a recent article by MSI Asia Pacific, a reproductive health non-profit.

But it goes beyond abortions. The entire health of women and people who have female reproductive systems depends on having access to good sexual reproductive services and knowledge.

Around the world, there are vast differences in the legal protections for all women to have control over their bodies, including access to family planning, sex education, and birth control.

Numerous national and cultural characteristics, such as economy, customs, religion, and power disparities, which have an impact on women's agencies, play a significant role in it.

According to a United Nations report published this week, one-third of women giving birth in poor nations experience several of these concerns disproportionately.

According to Dr. Natalia Kanem, executive director of the UN Population Fund, "the recurring pregnancies we find among young moms are a clear marker that they critically need sexual and reproductive health knowledge and services."

Abortion is not outlawed simply by restricting access to the procedure. The World Health Organization estimates that about 97 percent of abortions worldwide—or about 45 percent of all abortions—take place in underdeveloped nations (WHO).

Haemorrhage, infections, and ruptured uterus are three health hazards linked to unsafe abortions, all of which have the potential to be fatal.

The bulk of the 810 women who die each day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and delivery, according to the most recent WHO statistics from 2017, are adolescent girls from emerging nations.

This is influenced by societal factors including gender and wealth disparities.

Service interruptions brought on by the COVID-19 epidemic, natural catastrophes, and armed conflict only serve to exacerbate the situation.

Leaving tens of millions of girls open to early pregnancies and underage marriage.

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