Health Highlights: Nov. 14, 201211/14/12
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Birth Control a Human Right: U.N. Report
Access to birth control is a universal human right that could
significantly improve the lives of women and children in poor
countries, according to the United Nations Population Fund's annual
It's the first time the report has clearly described family
planning as a human right, and it said that legal, cultural and
financial barriers to birth control and other family planning
measures are infringements of women's rights, the
Increasing funding for family planning by $4.1 billion could
save $11.3 billion a year in health costs for mothers and newborns
in poor nations, the document said. The U.N. does not consider
abortion a family planning measure.
The report, released Wednesday, isn't binding on nations, the
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