The Policy Implications of Family Planning as a Human Right


In late 2012, the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) State of the World Population report sparked controversy in a number of circles by re-affirming that family planning and access to contraceptives are not only human rights, but also policy tools to improve women’s reproductive and economic health. While critics claim that increasing family planning places reproductive rights over religious liberties, others argue the potential impact of such policies at the ground level is too powerful to ignore. To gain a better appreciation for its challenges and benefits, Vanessa Humphries spoke to family planning experts working to increase its implementation and uptake across Africa.


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