The right to contraception is a human right, says WHO

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Portrait of an Ethiopian woman in Nazareth, Ethiopia. UN Photo/Louise Gubb

Girls, women and couples who want to avoid unwanted pregnancies should get the information and services they need, said the World Health Organization (WHO) as it launched a new guidance on contraceptives.

A lack of contraception puts 6 out of 10 women in low-income countries at risk of unintended pregnancy, the agency says.

Making contraception information and services available not only protects the rights of these girls and women, but also their health.

Dr Marleen Temmerman, WHO Director of the Reproductive Health and Research Department explained to UN Radio’s Patrick Maigua in Geneva why this issue is so important.

Duration:  4’58″

 

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