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Every 90 seconds, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related complication. The good news: these deaths are almost entirely preventable. Among the most effective, affordable and life-changing interventions is the ability for women to time and space their pregnancies when it’s best suited for them.

This simple tool is called family planning and could save millions of lives each year.

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Family planning saves lives.


Many simple tools and services that we take for granted in the United States often mean the difference between life and death for mothers and children in the developing world. CARE recognizes that access to maternal and reproductive health services, including the healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, is a key component of preventing maternal and child mortality. Unfortunately, inadequate investment and limited political will from the U.S. government in family planning services has perpetuated the problem.

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Healthy mothers create healthy societies.

Access to maternal health and family planning is both a fundamental human right and a critical development concern that is deeply rooted in gender equality. That’s why CARE is at the forefront of a movement to safeguard women’s health during pregnancy and childbirth by providing necessary health care services and options for delaying, spacing or preventing pregnancy.

CARE Action supports more robust funding for international family planning, including funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and oppose any cuts to these lifesaving programs. Additionally, CARE Action supports passage of the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, bipartisan legislation that would strengthen the U.S. commitment to ending preventable maternal and child deaths through support for proven health interventions.

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Know The Facts

Every 90 seconds, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related complication. 

About 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 

One million newborns die every year on their day of birth.

Worldwide, one in four babies are delivered without skilled care. 

By giving women access to family planning, we can make this 0.

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