World Population Day Puts Spotlight On Family Planning


Can you imagine if we allocated $1 billion for global family planning programs? That’s exactly the kind of commitment John Seager of Population Connection is calling for, and given the alternatives, it’s a reasonable request.

The call to action comes on the final World Population Day before the 2012 elections and at a time when contraception and family planning services are under constant threat, both domestically and abroad. Seager points out some of the most apparent and obvious attacks, including:

•    The U.S. House votes to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and for Title X family planning programs (created by Republican President Richard Nixon in 1970.)
•    The House convenes an all-male panel to decry the Obama Administration’s rule requiring insurance policies to cover contraception.
•    Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke is publicly attacked as a “slut” and a “prostitute” after testifying in favor of the Obama Administration’s rule.
•    A House committee votes to end funding for the United Nations Population Fund, or UNFPA, a development program that offers reproductive health care and voluntary family planning services to 500 million women around the world each year.
•    At the recent Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, the Vatican succeeds in removing references to gender equality and reproductive rights from the final document.

These attacks couldn’t come at a worse time. At a rate of 80 million people added to this planet a year, there’s no reason to think the planet can sustain this kind of growth. According to the Guttmacher Institute at least 222 million women around the world want to delay or end childbearing but have no access to reliable and modern contraception. Quite simply, this has to change, not just for the health of women and families across the globe, but for our very survival.

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Kasia Y.
Kasia Y.5 years ago

And of course conservative and religious morons want to end family planning. Overpopulation they have decided is a very fast way to ensure the end times arrive in their life. These delusional dimwitted sociopaths need to be executed rather than tolerated or permitted in public office.

Amanda M.
Amanda M5 years ago

Women are the ones who make all the sacrifices. We are the ones whose bodies go through the physical effort of pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and child-raising. We are the ones who get up at night when the children need feeding, changing, have nightmares, or get sick. We are the ones who sacrifice our careers and have to deal with UNPAID LEAVE for childbirth, sick kids, when we get sick because of a bug the kids brought home from school-hell, we even have to choose between our jobs and taking care of our kids if we work at a job where there's no sick leave and we can get fired for missing too much work!

The majority of birth control methods are mainly for women too. Same thing with the abortion decision. Both are the decision of the WOMAN.

From a physical standpoint, the man's job is done as soon as he ejaculates. Don't even get me started on the "sperm donors," otherwise known as the guys who get the woman knocked up and then bail when the test turns positive.

Therefore, men should have NO SAY in whether or not a woman can have access to contraception. If she wants it, she should be able to get it with no interference whatsoever.

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim5 years ago

We will kill ourselves if we don't do anything about it.

Rainhard P.
Rainhard P.5 years ago

You almost made a good point Ernest. "Twice as many creeps...." But, my point is that the efforts to control 3rd world population does nothing to relieve the strain on the planet. We are not 'running out of water to drink....but are running out of water for fracking, oil sand extraction, mineral smelting and wasteful mono/mega-agriculture. We are not running out of seeds for food, but certainly have combed the seas of all edible creatures....and who is it that demands caviar or sharkfins....the poor?
I say castrate the rich so they don't pass on their greed/entitlement genetics. Financial and military people would be a good place to start a campaign to eliminate their extortian rackets.

Jillian Edwards
Jillian Edwards5 years ago

Unfortunately, many women can't access contraceptives, not because they are not available but because their husbands wont allow them to. In some cases the men feel it reflects on their fertility or manhood or they are producing girls and want more boys. So it is as important to carry the message to the men, to the boys in schools when they are still young enough to get the message without feeling emasculated. Number one priority as time is running out.

Ian Fletcher
Ian Fletcher5 years ago

Cheaper condoms please!

Troy G.
Troy Grant5 years ago

The way to a sustainable society is family planning and avoidance of excessive wealth and power concentration. Economic democracy has been achieved in Swiss, Scandinavian and recently in Latin American countries by voter initiative and binding referendum. Calls for economic growth and trickle down are plutocrat proposals to avoid having to share.

Ron B.
Ron B5 years ago

Care2, please keep these articles coming! They may be preaching the the choir here for the most part, but just seeing the idea of the desperate need for more family planning being put into print anywhere is heartening. You see so very little of this in the corporate controlled mainstream media.

Interesting how a dangerous combination of ignorance and evil is coalescing into such a concerted attack against family planning and birth control at this late stage along the road to ecological collapse caused mainly by human overpopulation. If these dangerous fools want to commit inadvertent mass suicide on some other planet, good riddance to them. But we're all stuck with them here on the only home we have and I'll be damned if I won't continue fighting them until the bitter end.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams5 years ago

Family Planning is the Right of every woman throughout the world. If women could control their reproductive body in every country throughout the world we on earth would be such a better place for the children that are already here and their parents.

Ernest R.
Ernest R5 years ago

@ Rainhard P.. “It's really not the number of people that impacts the planet..”.Wrong. It’s the number. Doesn’t the seven billion number register in your brain ? There is always a percentage of the population that are “creeps With a doubled population there are twice as many “creeps”: What is there about this that you do not understand ? “Dozens of billions can eat veggies, rice and swim in a river or bang drums for entertainment”. AND PUMP OUT MORE BABIES as is their custom.