Family planning services are needed

The Christian Science Monitor |

In response to the Nov. 20 article, "Brazil doles out 'morning after' pills": I applaud the efforts of officials to reduce "Brazil's sky-high number of unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions." Despite highly restrictive abortion laws, Brazil has one of the highest abortion rates in the world.

Globally, unsafe abortion is one of the largest contributors to maternal mortality. It highlights the failure of many governments and the international community to address a preventable public health tragedy that perpetuates social injustice. Studies show that where access to comprehensive family planning services and information are available, unsafe abortion levels fall.

Increasing access to family planning services is the key to reducing the burden on public health systems. This news from Brazil marks a step in the right direction.

Carmen Barroso
New York

Regional director, International Planned Parenthood Federation


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