UN Pushes Universal Access to Abortion and Contraceptives

As the Commission on Population and Development gathered for its 45th meeting, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that millions of girls – teenagers and younger –  need access to abortion and contraceptives. His comments included that the nations of the world must provide “reproductive health care”.  “We cannot ignore the facts,” said Ban. “Many young people are sexually active, and, because of this, they may face risks to their health.”  Reaction to the secretary general’s comments by some member states and non-government organizations were strong.


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