HEADLINE: If you think she’s stupid to keep having kid after kid in these conditions, you’re the one who’s ignorant.
COPY: Astoundingly, over 150 million women in developing nations have expressed the desire to space pregnancies apart or limit childbearing, but have no means to do so.
And they are suffering because of it. Every minute of every day, a woman dies from pregnancy-related causes. Teen pregnancies, complications from childbirth, lack of medical care, and malnourishment all contribute to the death toll.
Having babies one right after the other threatens not only the mother’s life, but the life of her children, as well. Over 30,000 babies die each day during birth or soon after. An estimated 90% of infants whose mothers die from childbirth die by their first birthday. What’s more, children born too close together have higher rates of malnutrition, develop slower, and are at an increased risk of contracting and dying from childhood infectious diseases.
The facts are alarming. But the ambivalence of those able to help is even more so. For while the problems do seem overwhelming, family planning is a critical and do-able first step in solving them. Family planning programs would provide voluntary contraception, pre- and post-natal health care and sex education, allowing men and women the freedom to plan their family size, thereby easing the intense pressure on their health and quality of life.
Surprisingly, the United States isn’t doing its part to help. Currently, less than 1% of our total budget is spent on foreign assistance — the least per GNP of all developed countries.
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