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Top Story — U.N. Report Declares Contraception an International Human Rights Issue

Additional Investments in Family Planning Would Save Developing Countries More Than $11 Billion a Year — Access to family planning is an essential human right that unlocks unprecedented rewards for economic development, says new UNFPA report. – UNFPA REPORT

TAKE A BOW Secretary Clinton, who began this push in 1995 as first lady when she declared human rights are women’s rights, which begins with planning your family. The UNFPA report is non-binding and won’t impact law internationally, but the statement is a start in a new direction, however long it takes to manifest.

The U.N. Population Report declares in it’s title “BY CHOICE, NOT BY CHANCE,” a call for self-determination, empowerment and reproductive freedom for women across the globe.

The caterwauling from the right will begin in 3,2..

From Think Progress:

“Family planning has a positive multiplier effect on development,” Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the fund, said in a written statement. “Not only does the ability for a couple to choose when and how many children to have help lift nations out of poverty, but it is also one of the most effective means of empowering women. Women who use contraception are generally healthier, better educated, more empowered in their households and communities and more economically productive. Women’s increased labor-force participation boosts nations’ economies.”

The report effectively declares that legal, cultural and financial barriers to accessing contraception and other family planning measures are an infringement of women’s rights.

This declaration, the statement itself, is the most important move in women’s self-determination globally since Hillary Rodham Clinton’s speech in China so many years ago. It’s why her statement of human rights are women’s rights begins the book I wrote about her 20-year rise and the difficulties she had making her mark.

It is not by accident that this report came during Secretary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, which was empowered by President Obama, who, even with his faults on putting politics above science in the importance of Plan B to young women especially, as well as the damage of codifying the Hyde Amendment into law, remains on the whole a great champion of women’s self-determination.

It’s the Hillary Effect.

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6 Responses to Top Story — U.N. Report Declares Contraception an International Human Rights Issue

  1. fangio November 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    I think it’s quite obvious that they are missing the whole point. Women were put on God’s earth to make babies; if they are not going to make babies then they are worthless in God’s eyes. It does not matter if they are happy or healthy or even if their children are happy or healthy. The only imperative is creating human life, no matter how miserable it is.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter November 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

      ” Women were put on God’s earth to make babies;”

      Wrong,WRONG,W-R-O-N-G!!!! They were put here to be the incubators for GAWDS lil gifts!!!!!!

    • angels81 November 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

      Hahahahahahaha! good joke, you made me spill my coffee.

  2. secularhumanizinevoluter November 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    “It is not by accident that this report came during Secretary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, which was empowered by President Obama, who, even with his faults on putting politics above science in the importance of Plan B to young women especially, as well as the damage of codifying the Hyde Amendment into law, remains on the whole a great champion of women’s self-determination.”

    Oh NOW you’ve gone and done it Ms. Marsh!!!!!! You should know the fireworks stating facts will ignite around here!!!!

  3. Jane Austen November 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Finally, contraception is declared an international human rights issue. Niger, a country in Africa, has finally woke up to that fact, see article here http://tinyurl.com/b232lpd. Trying to make the world understand that women can’t keep having babies without jeopardizing their health and keeping their countries from progressing was like putting one’s head into a brick wall. I am so happy that we have had SOS Clinton speaking out for women. I think someone is finally listening. Maybe the 30 years I spent in reproductive health is going to see some gains at last.

    BTW – sec and fangio – you gotta stop pairing up. It’s dangerous to my computer when I’m drinking a cup of coffee.

  4. Cujo359 November 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    “President Obama, who, even with his faults on putting politics above science in the importance of Plan B to young women especially, as well as the damage of codifying the Hyde Amendment into law, remains on the whole a great champion of women’s self-determination”

    Well, secularh is right, I don’t see this. What I see is a guy who could best be described as someone who screwed up on the issue a little less than he got right. A “great champion” would have prevented the Hyde Amendment from becoming law, and would have told the churches that if they want to operate medical facilities here, they’ll abide by the same rules as everyone else.

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