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There is #NoControversy in Contraceptives

This is Sadi Seyni and her family, from Tillaberi, Niger. Sadi is the mother of 5 girls and 1 boy. She had her first child at 19 and was pregnant 7 months later. She didn’t know about family planning until her third child and has been spacing her births ever since.

When asked why family planning was important to her, she responded “Because when you don’t do family planning, everybody in the family suffers…not only do you suffer with a baby on your back and another inside, but your husband takes on debts to cover the very basics, but even that debt won't be enough. It’s complete suffering when you don’t do family planning and I have lived that…”

Show that there is no controversy in contraception by affirming the pledge:

"I believe that every girl and woman deserves the opportunity to determine her own future."

Today, more than 200 million women and girls in developing countries who don't want to get pregnant lack access to contraceptives. Increasing access for the women who want it could reduce maternal deaths by 100K and end half of all newborn deaths each year. 

On July 11, world leaders, non-governmental organizations, donors, business leaders, and others will gather in London to pledge their support to help transform the lives of the world's poorest women and girls.

Access to contraceptives saves lives and leads to healthier, more prosperous families, communities and nations. Surely, there is no controversy in raising your voice for millions of women and girls who want access to lifesaving contraceptives.

To effect real change, we need to get as many people as possible behind the #NoControversy idea. If you're passionate about the future of every girl and woman, we urge you to spread the message.

Hear stories from people around the world about the powerful impact of access to contraceptives on their lives at http://no-controversy.com.

Follow the Family Planning Summit on Twitter at #FPsummit and the ongoing campaign to change the conversation about contraception at #NoControversy.

I just pledged my support:

"I believe that every girl and woman deserves the opportunity to determine her own future."

Please join me if you agree there is no controversy in empowering women to decide if and when to have a child.

Today, more than 200 million women and girls in developing countries who don't want to get pregnant lack access to contraceptives. We must work together to ensure every girl and woman has the power to decide if and when she wants to have a child.

Sincerely,