Dec 15, 2010

Link Between Poverty and a Lack of Family Planning


In the Philippines, a lack of family planning options for the poor contributes to the perpetuation of poverty. The poorest women have an average of 5.9 children, while the richest only have 1.9. Families with fewer children can invest more in each child’s education and health and thusly, ensure them a brighter future. An expert from the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability explains that for the poor, sex is inseparable from childbearing. This has to change, so that the Philippine population has a chance at “breaking free from a cycle of poverty.” Unfortunately, the Catholic Church continues to oppose a Family Planning Bill that would make family planning options available to the poor. We at LfM view family planning as an essential element of our holistic strategy to enhance maternal and neonatal health. We will educate women and their husbands regarding family planning options and make them available to all members of a community. To read the complete article, click here.

Did you know?

Every year, more than one million children are left motherless and vulnerable because of maternal death.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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