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How has coronavirus disrupted family planning? | The Stream

The family planning needs of more than 200 million women worldwide are unmet and the coronavirus pandemic looks set to make things worse.

As resources are diverted to fight the virus, experts warn an additional 49 million women may lose access to modern contraceptives and there could be an extra 15 million unintended pregnancies per year.

“Decisions made at every level of the response to the pandemic are resulting in women being further cut off from sexual and reproductive health services, threatening sharp rises in maternal and neonatal mortality,” aid group Médecins Sans Frontières said in July.

Travel bans and movement restrictions have had unintended consequences on family planning. Routine health services have been restricted in many places, impacting abortion care and sexual violence response. And the shock to the global supply chain of contraceptives has been severe.

In this episode of The Stream we ask, why are more women and girls being allowed to die from secondary impacts of COVID-19 rather than from the virus itself?

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    Al Jazeera English

    Thanks for watching everyone. Tell us what you think in the comments below. We really do read them.

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    So while people are dying and afraid of the Pandemic…..your worried about women being able to kill their babies ????? LOL

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    If you want to be a parent then adopt a child from your local foster care/orphanage. It is immoral to reproduce since there are already millions of orphan kids available for adoption worldwide, Also since you can't get the consent of a child to be born in this cruel world. Nobody chose to come into existence. Rather, we were all forced into the unfortunate state of existence without our consent to have to endure all the pain and suffering that comes with it. Had we never existed we’d have never suffered.~
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    The Benatarian asymmetry demonstrates why it is always better never to exist, regardless of the pleasure to pain ratio in one’s life. Whereas:

    1. The presence of pleasure is good, and
    2. The presence of pain is bad;
    3. The absence of pain is good even if one does not exist to benefit from that good, but
    4. The absence of pleasure is not bad unless someone already exists for which such an absence would be a deprivation.~
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    Given the above, it is always a harm to come into existence and reproduction is never morally justified. For a more in depth look I highly recommend reading Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence by Dr. David Benatar (professor and chairman of philosophy at the University of Cape Town).~
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    Note: The above applies to all sentient beings, not only humans. They too were harmed by being brought into existence.

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    ᖴᘿᕴᕼᗩS JSK

    I don't car bro

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    TO CONTROL POPULATION EXPLOSION IS MUST AND TO SAVE THE WORLD AND FEED THE STARVING MILLIONS…REST IS EACH PERSON'S OWN LIFE CHOICES….

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    Assalamu alaikum brothers and sisters! If you love to listen peaceful emotional & soothing Quran recitation you are welcome to my channel.

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    I was just pass by the shop and I heard people are saying that contraceptives devices like pills and condoms .esplly Condoms are out of stocks so , yes ! You are correct so need to do something and come up with more strategy to overcome this issues around the world.

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    I don't foresee myself ever being in a position where I'll be planning a family with anyone, thanks to the isolation necessitated by the virus and having no income…that's like disruption, right? lol

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    The end of islam coming soon

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