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Health and Reproductive Rights

Evidence has shown that access to better Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) care and family planning can provide tremendous health gains. If all women who want to avoid unintended pregnancy were to use modern contraceptives, the number of unintended pregnancies in developing countries would decrease by 71%, from 75 million to 22 million annually. Family planning is critical to prevent unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortion and reduce maternal mortality as well as reducing poverty, maternal and child mortality; and also empower women to choose when and with whom to have children. Sexual behavior, family planning, abortion, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and sexual and reproductive rights are not commonly discussed topics. These subjects often generate strong opinions, make people uncomfortable, and are prone to misinterpretation. This component aims to increase access to sexual and reproductive health services for People with Disabilities and Women with emphasis to Family planning and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS. It entails advocacy for access to full complement of reproductive health services for People with Disabilities and other vulnerable groups which include appropriate individualized birth control methods, family planning and prevention and treatment STIs, individualized education and information on reproduction, marriage and family life, abstinence, safe sexual practices, sexual orientation, sexual abuse, and STIs; make their own decisions about using birth control methods to encourage informed decision making.