We can’t shy away from the tough stuff. The topic of family planning has a logical home in any discussion about how overdevelopment and pollution contribute to climate change. We simply can’t afford to ignore it. However, we affirm that issues around population require delicacy, and a commitment to equity, for myriad reasons that are well documented.
Worldwide, 225 million women want family planning resources but lack them. We all deserve access.
We recently read, with great interest, this blog from Worldwatch Institute. It reminded us that the conversation always needs to begin from a place of women’s rights–human rights–and women’s empowerment. Women should have access to family planning because they and their families want and need it, not just because of Planet Earth’s woes.
This stuff is still touchy. Arguably, it should be. Let’s handle it with the sensitivity, maturity, and authenticity it demands.
One final point worth mentioning: issues around lack of access to family planning are not confined to the Global South. In the U.S., around half of all pregnancies are unintended. Low-income people and people of color are more likely to face unintended pregnancy and face challenges accessing family planning. Better access for everyone will benefit not just those who give birth but their partners, their families, and the environment as well. If we want healthy communities, let’s have these conversations courageously.