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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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The social and economic impact of family planning

Being able to exercise the right to family planning—and more broadly the right to sexual and reproductive health—is instrumental for the realization of other rights and also yields many economic benefits to individuals, households, communities and whole countries. Better reproductive health, including family planning, affects the economy—and therefore sustainable development—in numerous ways.

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