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Population Institute Celebrates World Contraception Day

September 26, 2014

The Population Institute, in honor of World Contraception Day, has released a new fact sheet and infographic detailing the ways that family planning saves the lives of women and children in the developing world.

Contraceptives reduce maternal and infant mortality, but everyday 800 women in the developing world still die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that there are 222 million women in the developing world who want to avoid a pregnancy, but who are not using a modern method of contraception.  By meeting their need for family planning services and information, Guttmacher estimates that 54 million unintended pregnancies could be prevented, resulting in 79,000 fewer maternal deaths and 1.1 million fewer infant deaths every year. In addition to saving lives, family planning is a smart investment: every $1 the U.S. spends on family planning saves $6 in other areas where development assistance is needed.

See our fact sheet and infographic for more information.

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