The Simple Tool Empowering the World’s Poorest Women
“[T]he total number of women and girls using a modern method of contraception in the world’s 69 lowest-income countries [grew] to more than 317 million,” according to a new report by Family Planning 2020, an increase of 46 million since 2012.
The group estimates that modern contraception in those countries prevented a whopping 119 million unintended pregnancies, 20 million dangerous abortions, and 137,000 deaths in a single year.
The impact is not only life-saving but life-changing. “When a woman or adolescent girl can decide for herself whether and when to get pregnant, she can shape the trajectory of her own life. She’s more likely to finish school, pursue higher education, and embark on a career if she wishes.”