Take Action Tuesday - September 26, 2017

Take Action Tuesday - September 26, 2017

9/26/17

It’s Take Action Tuesday and World Contraception Day, which gives us an excellent, two-for-one opportunity to advocate on some particularly sensitive topics for women and girls in developing countries.   

World Contraception Day takes place on September 26th every year to refocus global attention on the possibility of a world where every pregnancy is wanted. The goal is to improve awareness about contraception and enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health. 

CARE talks a lot about the lifesaving, life-changing benefits that safe, voluntary, family planning provides for women and girls living in poverty.  When women have access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare information, supplies and services, they gain control over when and whether they’ll become pregnant and avoid becoming pregnant too young or too often. They continue their educations, train for jobs and pursue opportunities that enable them support to their families. When women can time their pregnancies at safe, healthy intervals fewer mothers and babies die from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications.  

Currently, more than 300,000 women die every year from pregnancy-related conditions. More than 220 million women in developing countries who want to avoid getting pregnant lack access to the family planning services they need. If every woman had that access we could prevent up to 30 percent of maternal deaths annually and save the lives of 1.6 million children under age five. For this Take Action Tuesday, let’s all do our parts to make sure women have that access.  

We know that’s a heavy lift, but don’t worry… we’re breaking it down into super simple actions.  Ultimately, it all comes right back around to the Budget.  Currently, U.S. funding for UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund, which funds global women’s health services including prenatal and newborn care, nutrition support, and domestic violence prevention in developing countries) has been eliminated by the Trump administration and funding for foreign assistance is under threat.   

CARE is asking Congress to support full funding for the foreign assistance budget and to approve more robust funding for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health programs and International Family Planning in the International Affairs Budget. 

Here’s what you can do to help if you have: 

  • 5 minutes:  Follow these three CARE partners on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram and stay informed about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).  CARE SRHRUNFPAMelinda Gates 
  • 20 minutes:  Call your Members of Congress or send them an email telling them that you support robust funding for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health programs and International Family Planning in the International Affairs Budget and that you want them to sustain FY17 funding levels for the FY18 Budget. Not sure who your elected officials are? Find your Representative here and your Senators here. You can reach all three by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.  

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