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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 costs and savings of upholding the right to family planning

To uphold human rights and to reap the benefits of family planning for the economic and social well-being of individuals, households, communities and nations, expanding access to family planning is essential. But how much will this cost? Treating family planning as a right has important implications for development policy and for the sustainable development framework that will in 2015 succeed the Millennium Development Goals.

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