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    U.N.: Contraception Access A Human Right

    Do you agree with the UN that access is contraception is a human right? Why or why not?
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    It effectively declares that legal, cultural and financial barriers to accessing contraception and other family planning measures are an infringement of women's rights.
    legal = YES
    cultural = NO
    financial = NO

    ETA: Also depends on what they mean by OTHER FAMILY PLANNING MEASURES. If that includes abortion than NO.
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    The article stated that the U.N. doesn't count abortion among the measures.

    Access to contraception should be a human right. It benefits not just the woman, but a couple and also can benefit families. It also benefits societies and the planet to not have unwanted babies.
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    Agree with Gloria.

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    Ugh, i don't know. I have a hard time classifying it as a human right. That is not to say that I am not acknowledging the huge beneficial impact of removing barriers to contraception for all people, but to me, that does not necessarily equate to being a human right.

    I'm undecided really.

    Ultimately, regardless of what I think defines 'human rights', i think it would be more important to see what else the UN defines as human rights. If it seems pretty similar in nature, than i guess it makes sense. Off to see if i can find that out now.
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    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    To me it seems to be in line with a lot of the things in this list. And not an outlier of any sort.

    I'm assuming this list is what this declaration would be added to?

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    I haven't answered this yet, because I'm still not sure about it.

    Using Gloria's format:

    legal = YES - I agree that nowhere should contraception be against the law
    cultural = Yes - I don't think it matters whether or not the culture at large agrees with contraception. I think that people have a right to go against cultural norms if they choose.
    financial = This is the one I'm stuck on. I believe that everyone has a right to life saving care regardless of their financial situation. I don't think anyone should die of being poor. But, does contraception fall into that category? I don't know. I do think that having access to it no matter what your financial situation can help your financial situation and lessen the need for aid, so maybe? Hmmmm....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    The article stated that the U.N. doesn't count abortion among the measures.

    Access to contraception should be a human right. It benefits not just the woman, but a couple and also can benefit families. It also benefits societies and the planet to not have unwanted babies.
    ITA with this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    I don't think anyone should die of being poor. But, does contraception fall into that category? I don't know. I do think that having access to it no matter what your financial situation can help your financial situation and lessen the need for aid, so maybe? Hmmmm....
    And ITA agree with this and would add that no one should be born solely because their parents are too poor to prevent it.
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    There are a lot of things up higher on list of basic human rights before birth control. Basic needs are food, water, shelter, and some clothing. I do not think if you are too poor to buy birth control, that someone HAS to buy it for you. Sure, it would be nice, but no one HAS to do anything for you.

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    Access to it, yes
    Other people paying for it, no
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