Empower Women for the Health of the Planet

6/8/15
The New York Times

We cannot deny the intertwined nature of environmental and reproductive justice, or the influence reproductive justice has on the quality of life of women and families and on the sustainable health of the entire planet.

Scientists estimate that providing voluntary family planning for those who want it could provide up to 29 percent of needed reductions in carbon emissions. But the crucial fact is that 225 million women lack access to modern methods of contraception.

Empowering women and promoting their right to choose what is best for them and their families is much more than controlling emissions. Providing family planning services to all who need them is one of the most effective pathways to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve maternal and child health: The Guttmacher Institute estimates that closing the gap on access to contraception would reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies by 70 percent.

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