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It’s very true that the conversation about reproductive rights is considered “sensitive.” People say, “We cannot say that, we cannot speak about that part of it, don’t use that word, don’t use this word” – we can’t speak about what is really going on! And this is a fundamental part of who we are, the way we give birth to our children. Such a basic, simple, beautiful thing – and it provokes such sensitivity.

And when people refuse to talk about this issue, they ignore many of the problems that exist in this world. Basic human rights are not respected.

Today more than ever before, the opportunities for doing good are enormous. We have the capacity and we have the knowledge and resources – we only lack delivery. We all are part of the same global community."

When I was much younger, in the 1960s and 1970s in Finland, the northern part of Europe, the issue of reproductive health was very much taboo, even more than it is today. As a people, we Finns are not too talkative in general, and it was especially so about the subject of reproductive health and sexuality. Mothers would say to their children, “Oh, you will find out about that later on, let’s not talk about it now.”

I was working as a young lawyer, and we had the idea of bringing together the reality of many issues surrounding reproductive health – especially concerning illegal abortions – and the theory that was behind the current legislation. We had the idea of making a book about all of these legal cases that we were seeing, so that people would know what was really going on. We wanted the women to tell what happened to them – before and afterwards – the reality of their situation. And then we started to campaign about this issue, and try to educate people.