The religious right are holding things up when it comes to progress on family planning issues at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Liz Ford, who has been providing stellar reporting from the event for The Guardian, takes on the religious groups who are leading the charge against progress.
Giving women a right to choose does not mean they will seek abortions. Giving women access to family planning will not mean they won’t have children. Likewise, the suggestion that keeping sex for marriage will somehow protect women from sexual assault (another point the man with the model foetus made), and therefore mitigate the need for emergency contraception or abortion services, is naive in the extreme.