reproductive health=human right
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Tell Clinton, U.S. must act now to make sure women everywhere are empowered to make decisions about their reproductive health; a basic human right :)
We don't have another 15 years to wait for change to happen.
Next week, I'll be joining other advocates to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), a UN conference where 179 countries forged a groundbreaking plan to ensure sexual and reproductive health and decision making as human rights.
In the ICPD plan, governments committed to make reproductive health services accessible to all women including: access to family planning, maternal healthcare, sex education, and post-abortion care services.
Fifteen years later, it's all too clear that the world -- and the United States -- have fallen short in fulfilling its promises.
As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has the power to show the world that the U.S. can keep its promises by publicly endorsing the ICPD plan and implementing its priorities at home and abroad. Send her a message TODAY!
Here are some facts: In 2005, more than half a million women died due to preventable complications from pregnancy and birth. In 2007, 61% of the 22.5 million people in sub-Saharan Africa living with HIV were women. Right here at home, the U.S. has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios among western developed nations characterized by pronounced racial disparities -- African-American women are nearly four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women.
These numbers show that not enough is being done to make women's reproductive healthcare a priority. In an interview with the New York Times magazine, Hillary Clinton said, "…Without providing more rights and responsibilities for women, many of the goals we claim to pursue in our foreign policy are either unachievable or much harder to achieve."
If the U.S. can't make reproductive healthcare a priority here at home, how can we expect the international community to take our words seriously?
We cannot afford to wait another 15 years in hopes that change will take place. The U.S. must act now to make sure women everywhere are empowered to make decisions about their reproductive health -- a basic human right.
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