Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day, a day to focus on women’s social and economic progress. In honor of this day, Planned Parenthood Global has launched a new animated video and online petition called Health Has No Borders, making the case for robust investments in women’s health around the world.
In our country and globally, women’s health and rights have greatly advanced in the past century. Yet huge disparities remain.
In Ethiopia, where my son was born, one in three women wants to plan or delay motherhood, but can’t. And in a country like Ethiopia, an unintended pregnancy can put a woman’s life at risk. Ethiopia has the fifth-highest maternal death rate in the world; each year one in 27 women dies from pregnancy-related causes and more than 50,000 women are treated in health facilities for complications from unsafe abortion.
The problem is massive — around the world, 215 million women want to avoid pregnancy but lack access to modern contraception — but we know the solution. When women have the information and services they need, they are able to delay pregnancy, stay in school, pursue meaningful careers, and become leaders in society.
Unfortunately, opponents of birth control in Congress want to restrict access and put politics before women’s health.
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