Every Woman's Right: How family planning saves children’s lives

Improving access to contraception would give more couples the power to decide whether or when to have a child. It’s also vital to improving children’s chances of survival.

June 2012

Around the world, more than 200 million women who do not wish to become pregnant are currently unable to access or use contraception.

Every Woman’s Right: How family planning saves children’s lives sets out why providing contraception is vital to sustaining and accelerating progress in reducing the deaths of babies, children and mothers:

  • Ensuring women are able to allow a healthy space between births means babies and young children are more likely to survive.
  • Delaying the first pregnancy until a girl is physically ready can save the lives of both adolescent girls and their newborn babies.

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