Promoting Access to Family Planning Across the Globe

Women’s access to family planning varies across countries greatly. The Center for Health and Gender Equity states that access to family planning is a necessity for “225 million women.”8 This statistic illustrates how family planning is a necessity for the health and happiness of many women worldwide. However, the social and cultural acceptance of various birth control methods are controversial. A survey performed by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project expressed that many countries viewed the medically-sponsored prevention of births as socially acceptable.

9 However, the people in most of the countries that were part of this same study viewed the termination of births as socially unacceptable.10 Although no U.N. bodies passed any resolutions that aimed to increase access to contraceptives and safe abortions, many U.N. organizations sought to increase access to family planning.

The organizations that implemented measures to increase access to family planning were primarily the United Nations Population Fund, and Family Planning 2020.

We, the Republic of Croatia, believe that the United Nations should only have a limited role in promoting access to family planning. The United Nations has the power to promote family planning throughout the world, as they formed organizations that deal with this issue. We believe that it should be up to each individual country to determine access to family planning, as each country has their own stance on this issue. We think that each nation should provide access to family planning based on their laws, cultural beliefs, and prevalence of sex crimes.

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Unlike other nations, we have much stricter requirements concerning the use of contraceptives and abortions. For example, the termination of pregnancies for Croatian women may only occur in certain circumstances.11 We, the Republic of Croatia, are also not a member of the United Nations’ organization Family Planning 2020.12 Our domestic policies and lack of international involvement in the promotion of access to family planning worldwide illustrates how our culture and political stance views family planning as a necessity in certain circumstances.

A present plan that is helping Member States have increased access to family planning is the philanthropic aid and their shipment of birth control to other countries that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) gives.13 This organization has promoted access to family planning in developing nations in the past. The U.N. organizations that have helped people obtain access to contraceptives and education about family planning options have failed in providing enough resources to women in developing countries that need it.

We suggest that certain U.N. organizations as well as international family planning NGOs provide funding for contraception methods and qualified gynecological professionals to countries that culturally accept contraceptive use. U.N. organizations such as the UNFPA, as well as international family planning NGOs, should provide funding and resources for family planning in developing nations. By comparison, these organizations should provide less resources to developed countries that culturally accept family planning. Moreover, we also suggest that free and optional reproductive health seminars should be provided by the UNFPA to developing countries. Qualified health teachers and professionals would teach these suggested sexual education seminars worldwide.

These teachers would be briefed on the cultural and legal stances on the countries that they are teaching in, and they would provide unbiased information about safe sex and contraception methods. The recruitment of aid would not infringe upon national sovereignty as women would freely choose to receive it. However, we believe that international family planning NGOs, the UNFPA, and Family Planning 2020 should not provide any funding or resources for abortions in developing countries. Many people and governments from developing nations would perceive resources for abortions from the U.N and/or NGOs as culturally insensitive and as an infringement of their national sovereignty, as it is a controversial issue worldwide.

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