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State of World Population 2012

By Choice, Not by Chance - Family Planning, Human Rights and Development

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Family planning is a human right. Still, 222 million women in developing countries do not have access to contraception and are at risk of unplanned pregnancy that can cause health complications and financial hardship. The State of the World Population 2012 explains why family planning is a right that reinforces other rights, such as the right to health or the right to education. The report further documents the economic and social benefits accrued to households, communities and countries when the right to family planning is exercised by women, men and young people.

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Making the right to family planning universal

Almost 20 years have passed since the 179 governments represented at the International Conference on Population and Development, ICPD, transformed the way the world approaches sexual and reproductive health, including family planning. While some progress has been made, there is still much work to be done to realize the rights-oriented vision of the ICPD.

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