This post is part of a monthly blog series profiling viewpoints from leaders in reproductive health who are members of the Bellagio Group on Long-Acting Reversible Contraception. The Bellagio Group is a coalition of experts who convene annually to discuss practices for expanding contraceptive choice and accelerating progress toward the Millennium Development Goal of universal access to reproductive health services. This post represents the views of the authors, and is not a representation of the Population Council or the Bellagio Group. Please direct any questions to the author at email@example.com.
The United Nations formulated it clearly: Family planning is a fundamental right of every human being. It is an important step toward breaking the cycle of poverty—for women, their families, and for their communities. Yet much remains to be done before the right to self-determined family planning can be fully realized. According to estimates, more than 220 million women in developing countries don’t wish to become pregnant, yet are not using modern contraception.