Family planning

Population and family planning

Modern contraception has played a key role in decreasing global fertility rates (the total number of children per woman). Having the freedom to choose if, when and how many children to have has enabled women in high-income countries to pursue education and career opportunities that were previously inaccessible.

Unfortunately, the majority of women still have insufficient control over their fertility and their lives. More than 230 million women in developing nations who wish to avoid pregnancy are currently unable to because they are not using modern birth control. Barriers to family planning include lack of access, cost, misinformation, and patriarchal religious and cultural norms.

Read our latest news stories and blog posts about family planning.

23 May 2017

Report: Population key to controlling climate change

5 March 2017

Is the Pope heeding warnings about population?

22 February 2017

Challenging the Global Gag Rule

27 January 2017

President Trump reinstates ‘Global Gag Rule’

24 January 2017

18 million Chinese babies since end of one child policy

4 November 2016

30 million more women accessing contraception than in 2012

27 August 2016

Teen pregnancy rates continue to fall

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