Reproductive Freedom Empowers Women & Humanity

It’s that time of year again, when the world spends one whole day (theoretically, at least) celebrating the triumphs and advocating for the empowerment of women. That’s right – March 8 is International Women’s Day!

And while there is definitely much to celebrate, there is also much to contemplate. Why? Because, in 2015, women around the globe continue to face inequality – in the workplace, home, political sphere, health arena…and pretty much across the board. It’s happening around every corner in every single country on Earth.

It’s why women hold only 21.4 percent of the world’s parliamentary seats; why 60 percent of chronically hungry people are women and girls; why 800 women die every day from preventable causes during pregnancy and childbirth; and why 225 million women aren’t using contraceptives even though they don’t want to get pregnant.

So, the question is: What can we do about it? Closing the gender gap is no easy feat. And, boy, is it a multifaceted effort. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.

Certainly, ensuring women around the world have reproductive freedom – the ability to choose pregnancy or contraception, childbirth or safe abortion, without outside pressure or influence – is one of the the best places to start.

That’s because being able to decide whether, when, and with whom to have children doesn’t just help women achieve their goals – although that’s a fantastic reason to support it. Reproductive freedom is good for everyone.

Planned pregnancies are safer. Planned babies are born healthier. And planned families are able to invest more in their children’s educations, with girls more likely to finish school. Not to mention, entire countries would experience accelerated economic growth and natural resources would catch a much-needed break.

Providing women and girls around the world with access to affordable contraceptives and voluntary family planning services is truly a win-win situation!

So this International Women’s Day let’s speak up for the empowerment of women and girls. Because none of us can fully succeed if only half of us ever get the chance.

16 thoughts on “Reproductive Freedom Empowers Women & Humanity

  1. let women control their own birth control and not have the government decide to control a citizens choice of what they will do about a pregnancy!!!!

  2. Let’s do the right thing for a change. Male politicians should not be telling females what to do with their bodies!!!

  3. It’s really very simple, if you don’t believe in abortion – don’t have one. We all should have the right to make our own choices from a wide range of options.

  4. Banning abortions and defunding clinics caring for the reproductive health of women unable to pay for such care ends up costing us much more money and causes an amazing amount of damages to women and their families: unwanted children and the financial burden that those children have on a family struggling to make ends meet. Lack of prenatal care produces unhealthy babies which cost the taxpayers an immense amount of money to care for them and to educate them. Please honor this basic right, the freedom to choose.

  5. We need to protect reproductive rights for women all over the world!!! The world is grossly overpopulated and we are living unsustainably. Animals are going extinct and their habitats are disappearing. If all the animals go extinct, how long will it be before humans become extinct? Currently, the homeless population is increasing and many people work, yet still cannot afford housing and food. Yet Congress wants to cut programs like food stamps. It doesn’t make sense to encourage more births in an already overpopulated world with many hungry people and an environment that is declining. We need to educate all people to discourage more births and protect the planet and our resources. Also, how can we provide jobs for billions of additional people?

  6. Over-population: the root cause of ALL the problems All living beings face on planet Earth.

  7. Leave women’s bodies alone and especially do not let men fool with the laws for it is women’s business not theirs!!!!!!!!

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