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A staggering 90% of pregnancies among opioid-maintained women are unintended.
On Monday, the Senate passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. While Congress and Health and Human Services are taking steps to improve the treatment and recovery of addiction, it has completely overlooked the obvious solution to addressing the crisis as it relates to infants - preventing these pregnancies in the first place.
Every day, more infants are forced to endure the agony of opioid withdrawal. Swift and significant action is needed at the federal level to help communities afford women the ability to better prevent unplanned pregnancies.
Legislators are drafting a compromise bill between the House and Senate. We are asking that they include family planning measures and funding in the bill, and prevent newborns from suffering.
We are urging the Secretary-General to make a statement on the need for smaller, more sustainable families and cooperative family planning models to protect the future of the planet and improve human rights for children across the world.
Circumstances have changed since former Secretaries General have issued family planning statements; a revised statement is urgently needed.
Several studies confirm that smaller families are the best way to confront climate change, as well as other and related environmental crises. If we take climate change seriously, we must laud the benefits of a global family planning ethic that promotes smaller families.
The science of early childhood development shows the disproportionate impact the beginning of our lives has on the rest of our lives. This holds true, among other things, for economic inequity.
Better family planning is now understood to be an effective way to prevent the conditions that give rise to terrorism and other conflict-based threats to human rights and democracy.
Read our full letter here.
A statement by the Secretary General on the need for sustainable family planning is essential for impelling governments to overcome the taboo on family size and recognize the need for better family planning policies - ones that protect the needs of all children and future generations. Smaller families are the path to a sustainable, fairer, and more equitable world.