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UM Agency Joins Other Pro-abortion Orgs To Lobby Governments To Limit Female Fertility Around The World (read abortion)

Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Overview News Statement Resource Tools Our Beliefs Background The United Methodist Church supports the right for men and women worldwide to have the ability to choose when, or if, to have children. Affirming the right of women to access comprehensive health care services, including reproductive health, has always been a cornerstone of the UMC.

And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. Luke 1, NRSV

Access to family planning and reproductive health services prevents maternal and child deaths and enhances the delivery of healthy babies. Additionally, family planning and reproductive health prevents the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, human papillomavirus (HPV) and gonorrhea.

According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, every year nearly 80,000,000 unintended pregnancies occur worldwide. More than half of these pregnancies end in abortion. Access to information, education and services on voluntary family planning and contraception is essential in reducing unintended pregnancies and rates of abortion. There is a significant unmet need for women and girls around the world for contraception. According to the World Health Organization, despite the increase in contraceptive prevalence, some 137,000,000 women still have an unmet need for contraception.

Voluntary family planning programs like those carried out by U.S. Agency for International Development are critical to improving health care, empowering women and protecting the global environment. Such programs enable individuals and couples to decide the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, free from violence, coercion and discrimination.

Teen mothers face twice the risk of dying from childbirth than do women in their twenties, and their children are more vulnerable to health risks as well. Every year, almost half of all new HIV infections and at least one-third of all new sexually transmitted infections occur to people younger than 25.

Biblical and Theological Context “People have the duty to consider the impact on the total world community of their decisions regarding childbearing and should have access to information and appropriate means to limit their fertility, including voluntary sterilization.” (Social Principles, ¶162 I)

Scripture references: Genesis 1:27-28, 34:1-2; 2 Samuel 13:1-20; Psalm 127:3, Luke 1:36

What GBCS is Doing Supporting legislation that would provide resources for the expansion of family planning services and health personnel training around the world; assist countries in sub-Saharan Africa achieve goals in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other major diseases and the reduction of maternal and child mortality by improving human health care capacity and improving retention of medical health professionals in sub-Saharan Africa; funding the United Nations Population Fund, which works worldwide providing family planning information and services as well as HIV/AIDS prevention.

In the United States, GBCS is pushing for grants to states for family life education, including education on abstinence and contraception; expanded access to preventive health care services that help reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce abortions, and improve access to women’s health care and programs that reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, help women bear healthy children, and support new parents.

GBCS Seminar programs focus on issues of reproductive health and family planning especially when groups focus on HIV/AIDS prevention.

GBCS is working with Religious Advocates Working Group, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and International Family Planning Coalition.

Source: http://www.umc-gbcs.org/site/apps/nl/content3.asp?c=frLJK2PKLqF&b=3631781&ct=3956087
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