Championing contraception in England
August 2nd 2012
It’s now widely accepted that there should be no controversy about contraception and access to contraception empowers women all over the world to choose when to have children and how many they have. But at a time when we are talking about, and investing in, access to contraception overseas we are missing what is happening at home.
The government is quite rightly championing better access to contraception internationally through the London Family Planning Summit they are hosting.
The needs of women in England are no different. Access to contraception services and a choice of methods is not a luxury for them, it is an essential for women and enables them to plan their families and avoid unplanned pregnancy.
A recent report from an All-Party Parliamentary Group, Healthy women, healthy lives paints a concerning picture of access to contraception in England. A picture of women not being able to get contraception from certain services because of their age, where they live or the method of contraception they want.
The findings from this report echo other recent research on the issue. In April the advisory group on contraception published a report that collated freedom of information requests to primary care trusts. It found that nearly a third of women aged 15-44 do not have access to fully comprehensive contraceptive services.
Read the entire article: The Guardian
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