Shouldn't every woman be able to decide when, with whom, and how often to have children? Yet hundreds of thousands of women don't have this choice because they don't have access to the most basic family planning and reproductive health care.
A woman dies every 90 seconds from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. The vast majority of these deaths are in the developing world, and they are almost all preventable.
Urge Rep. Ed Royce to support family planning and maternal health care.
Photo Credit: 2011 Evelyn Hockstein/CARE
To: Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., Chair, House Foreign Affairs Committee
Every year, hundreds of thousands of women and children die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth; 99 percent of these deaths occur in the developing world, and the vast majority are preventable.
It's time to do something about it.
CARE and its network of advocates urge you to support all legislation that increases investment in maternal and newborn health care—including family planning, skilled care at birth, emergency obstetric care, and care for the mother and child following delivery—in countries where these services are most needed.
Ensuring access to these basic services is important not only to the communities that suffer from devastating maternal and infant mortality but also to the global economy. USAID has estimated a global loss of more than $15 billion due to diminished productivity. This must change.
It’s time to make sure all women and children have the care and resources they need to live a healthy life. Please join me and CARE in making this a reality.
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