Lack of birth control hits millions of women globally: India

Thursday, October 24, 2013

India today expressed concern over a staggering 222 million women not having access to contraceptive services globally, leading to 80 million unplanned pregnancies, 30 million unplanned births and 20 million unsafe abortions each year.

Addressing the “International Inter-ministerial Conference on South-South Cooperation in the Post-ICPD and MDGs” here, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad lamented that universal access to sexual and reproductive health services and care has not been ensured even after 20 years of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

“It is time we acknowledge that we need to make massive and strategic investments for universal access to affordable and appropriate sexual and reproductive health services,” he said.

Source: Business Standard (link opens in a new window)

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