Raising Women’s Voices

USAID pressures six African governments to withold U.S.-funded contraceptives

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on October 10, 2008

The Bush administration’s stated purpose in blocking U.S.-funded contraceptives in Africa is to reduce abortion, although, as the Guttmacher Institute points out, the effect of witholding contraception will most likely be the opposite.  As a recent Guttmacher Institute – World Health Organization study found, increased access to contraceptives is linked to lower abortion rates.

The Guttmacher report directs readers seeking additional information:

on the unmet need for contraceptives in developing countries

for facts on abortion worldwide

on the broad benefits of investing in international family planning assistance


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