Is Access to Contraception a Human Right?
And to Bonita's point about culture: our own culture here in the USA used to involve legal slavery, prohibitions against interracial marriage, and virtually zero rights for women whatsoever. Cultures can and do change. One of the best ways to change them is to provide those people with information that things *can* be different, that they don't *have* to live the same way their parents & grandparents did, and to provide them with the resources to be able to do that. Clean drinking water is one of the basic human rights on the U.N. list. Do you really think that any place that doesn't have clean drinking water should just be forced to find a way to pay for it, or left to their own devices since they have obviously chosen this as a cultural attribute??? As a world society we should be committed to helping them get safe drinking water, and to educating them about why dirty water is unsafe and what they can do to make dirty water safer. Why should birth control, access to birth control, and education about birth control and safer sex practices be any different simply because it's "their culture"???
The number of U.S. states in which a person can marry the person they love regardless of gender: 30 and counting!
So the idea that others in the world who have little to no access to formal education and little to no access to clinics or a reason to pay for them are not able to get assistance in order to remain healthy and plan their families appropriately and such is something only available to those who can afford it. Gotcha.
Not speaking to other countries that have no education or free clinics, at what point do you guys expect woman to take care of themselves and their own bodies? I believe we are doing the poor a disservice by continually saying they are not capable of taking care of themselves.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
For example, lets say there was some remote country in Africa that was made up of hundreds of villages. The UN, Missions groups, and private organizations did their best to reach the people of that area, but only could get to a third of the people. Those groups are not doing a bad job because they can not get to everyone. It is not their responsibility to reach every person in the whole wide world to give them health care. Yes, what they do is wonderful. But it is out of the kindness of their hearts, not because they HAVE to, and those people have a RIGHT to have someone go to some village that takes 6 months to get to, just so they can have birth control. It is wonderful if they can have it, and I ache for the people who live in such a way, but it is not the Westernized world's job to try to change the way the rest of the world lives.
If you have no access due to funding than no it is not a disservice. Do you know how much money is saved when we have proper funding to clinics, education for girls and women about their bodies and having healthy sex and helping them obtain birth control?
We have free clinics in this country and we still have issues with this due to women not being able to get to these clinics and if they can get to a doctor and maybe pay for a visit (if not a free clinic) they can't always afford the monthly prescription even at a low cost.
I think the opposite. I only think it benefits any country to have a goal of women obtaining routine care such as physicals , gyn exams and pap smears, having birth control and plan when and if they are having children and having only intended pregnancies.
Less tax money for those that have no money to have a child so there would be no welfare, no WIC programs needed etc. (yes a lofty goal but a goal nonetheless don't you think?)
Less elective abortions when women are only getting pregnant when they want to which I know you support.
The financial estimate I read is that they will spend 4 billion to do these services which could net 11 million in savings for medical bills. That seems worth it.
It's not even that IMO. How many people do you know that know darn well they can't afford another child who actively try to conceive? How many people do you know that have access to free birth control who choose not to take it, who only use it when they remember (doh!), and who use abortion instead of contraception?
Seriously, I know way more people who don't plan their families than I do those who do plan. All of whom are not to the point of giving up their smartphones even while applying for whatever assistance they can.