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FAMILY PLANNING: Access and education are needed

Letter by Heather L. Graves, Tacoma on May 11, 2010 at 9:09 am with 10 Comments »
May 11, 2010 10:44 am

Re: “For too many women, motherhood is a death sentence” (TNT, 5-7).

It is devastating that motherhood should be viewed as a death sentence, but as we can see from the devastating figures from the developing world, it is a prominent reality for many women. The biggest problem is while the issues are life-threatening, the prevention is simple: education and access.

For women, reproductive health is essential. Access to the ability to choose when to bear children can be essential to their livelihood. In many countries, it is customary to marry at a younger age than in many higher-income countries, making child-rearing part of their life at an earlier age. Complications during birth are highest among young women in developing countries.

Most birth-related complications only pertain to a fairly slim portion of the population in the United States and other developed countries. This is due to the simple fact that we have access and education. Routine check-ups reveal the need to take action, and women have the options for medication, termination or alternate routes of birth.

These options aren’t readily available to women in many countries. The best universal recommendation for women in these situations is access to family planning education and services.

It is true that “No mother should have to pay with her life for giving life.” We need to advocate and support provision of these tools for women across the world to have the option to save their own lives.

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  1. Oh my! Another bleeding heart. How in God’s name did people survive before this explosion of modern liberalism? Jeeez, we have millions of unfit mothers running around this country making babies as fast as they can get to the Welfare office and add a new name to their list. If there’s a woman alive today anywhere in the world who doesn’t know how to avoid pregnancy, then she needs to be locked up somewhere. Save the touchy, feelie socialism for someone else who wants to pay for other people’s stupidity, but leave me alone.

  2. Publico says:

    “frosty says:
    May 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm
    Oh my! Another bleeding heart. How in God’s name did people survive before this explosion of modern liberalism?”
    First, frosty, long ago women had lots of kids because so many died young and the women themselves commonly died young or in childbirth. Today’s survival rate has nothing to do with liberalism. It has everything to do with advanced medical care and education, things that are not available in developing countries.

  3. Publico so you care about women in poor countries? Tell me when is the last time you put your butt on an airplane and went to some of these countries to help out? huh? Just another liberal paying lip-service. If you and your co-liberals really cared, you’d be there doing something about it, so don’t try your crap with me.

  4. Publico, BTW I lead and have always lead a productive life, thanks for asking. So now you are going to school me on how people lived many years ago? I stand in awe of your vast expertise in this matter, what are you now? 30-35 years old?

  5. beerBoy says:

    I guess frosty pines for the good ol’ days when contraception was illegal and women were barefoot and pregnant.

  6. theogsters says:

    Point well made, Heather. All too often, ideology (not common sense) drives our policies on contraception, abortion and family planning. The good news is, a new generation of better educated, pragmatic young people seem to be demanding the freedom to make their own decisions on reproduction — big families with a barefoot, preganant wife in the kitchen are no longer the American dream.

  7. “Big families with a barefoot, pregnant wife in the kitchen are no longer the American dream”. Boy ! you can say that again! The American dream now is not a pregnant “wife” but a pregnant “single” woman, not standing in the kitchen but standing at a food bank or welfare office. Yes beerboy oh, but for the good ol’ days.

  8. brymarbuch says:

    According to estimates developed by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNIFPA and the World Bank (in 2005) the lifetime risk from maternal death for mothers in developed countries is 1 in 7300. For mothers in Africa the risk is 1 in 26. That’s the difference between motherhood here and in the developing world.

    How did a letter about this issue become a discussion about unfit, single, American mothers running around making babies as fast as they can.

  9. It’s unfortunate at this day and age, women are still suffering from common, treatable complication with pregnancy. While many people in America are considering spending thousands of dollars getting a liposuction, having breast augmentation surgeries and face-lifts, these women are dying.

    It is proven that education, access to routine medical check-ups, and microloans (for them to start a business) are ways to deter young women from starting a family early. (Which also tackles the issue of the growing world population and progeny.)

    I agree with brymarbuch that this letter has nothing to do with the issues of welfare and the sexist politics behind it. Let’s look at the bigger picture and as Graves writes, “We need to advocate and support provision of these tools for women across the world to have the option to save their own lives.”

  10. ** Sexist politics behind referring to Frosty’s comment of American mothers receiving welfare.

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