There are currently close to 215 million women around the world who do not have access to reproductive health care or education. There are roughly 536,000 maternal deaths every year around the world, the vast majority of which occur in the developing world. Maternal death, complications in pregnancy and birth, low birthweight, and many other serious health hazards can be vastly reduced through comprehensive reproductive health care and education worldwide. Every woman should have the ability to plan and space her pregnancies in order to provide the best life for herself and her children. California RCRC supports legislation which supports international family planning, and has partnered with various organizations to stand together in solidarity with women around the globe.
Healthy Families, Healthy Planet
The Healthy Families, Healthy Planet initiative, funded by a grant from the United Nations Foundation, works to educate and mobilize United Methodists in the U.S. on the importance of maternal health and international family planning. Through grassroots education with targeted annual conferences and advocacy efforts with policy makers, the goal of the project is to achieve higher levels of foreign aid for international family planning through the U.S. government.
For more information on Healthy Families, Healthy Planet, visit their website by clicking here.
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
IPPF is an international family planning service provider and a leading advocate for sexual and reproductive health rights for all. They have offices in Africa, the Arab World, Europe, South Asia, East and South East Asia, Oceania, and the Western Hemisphere. They provide a myriad of services to millions of people every year, including counseling, STD and HIV prevention, contraception, mother and child health, abortion-related services, infertility services and much more. IPPF works in partnership with like-minded organizations, galvanizing support to confront those who want to take away these rights.