Orphaned contraception?

Posted on | March 26, 2012 by Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. |

Thanks to Marie Smith for sending along UNFPA’s latest  manifesto on contraception. This time it’s Africa’s turn to pitch in and rescue, um, “orphaned” contraception. According to UNFPA, a great injustice has been done to the female condom, emergency contraception, and contraceptive implants. No word from their parents but by gum the UN is going to find them a good home. And just to make sure, the UN has launched a new Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women.

Seriously, the disordered nature of the choice of terms here deserves to be sanctioned. That an organization works so hard to make sure parents welcome fewer children into their family and then to do so by the crass use of the term meant to evoke compassion for a parentless child. Is there no shame?



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