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“#Familyplanning is about autonomy over our bodies and about the freedom of choice to control our reproductive health.” - #ICFP2018 youth delegate Sadia Rahman
#ICFP2018 #ICFPYouth #reprohealth @sadiashupti07 @IYAFP

IT’S LIVE! Find new data, new connections, and new commitments in our annual progress report, FP2020: Catalyzing Collaboration. https://t.co/JOeRqsyqTP #FP2020progress #ICFP2018

“Let’s all use all of our collective superpowers to make sure every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every woman and girl is treated with dignity and respect.” - Honorable Minister of International Development of Canada, Marie-Claude Bibeau @mclaudebibeau. #ICFP2018

“My dream in my lifetime is universal access to #familyplanning, that ALL women to have access.” - @MelindaGates
#ICFP2018 #ICFPYouth

“If you invest in women and girls, empower youth, and invest in #familyplanning, you will get a lifetime of returns.” - Dr. Chris Elias, @GatesFoundation President of Global Development. #ICFP2018

"As of July 2018, the total number of women and girls using #contraception was the highest in history— 30% more than what would have been there if we did not have a united community working for it." Dr. Natalia Kanem @Atayeshe, @UNFPA Executive Director. #ICFP2018

"Everywhere I look in this conference, I see young people. No one understands better how to meet the needs of young people and tap into their potential as young people themselves." Dean @EllenJMacKenzie, @JohnsHopkinsSPH. #ICFP2018 #ICFPYouth

Director of @GatesJHU at @JohnsHopkinsSPH and global leader in #familyplanning @OyingRimon shares how access to contraception has the power to address issues in maternal health, child health, and economic stability in a significant way. #ICFP2018

The Honorable Minister of Health of Rwanda, Dr. @DianeGashumba opens #ICFP2018 with praise for youth engagement and optimism for integration of #familyplanning in maternal and child health in #Rwanda and beyond.

Important remarks from @FirstLadyRwanda Jeannette Kagame speaking today at #ICFP on the benefits of #familyplanning.

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The Americas

The unintended pregnancy rate in the United States is significantly higher than in many other developed countries. Currently, about half (51%) of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the United States each year are unintended. Unintended pregnancies among adolescents are particularly high in Texas. Today, Texas teens are less likely than their national peers to use condoms, oral contraceptives, or any other method of contraception during sexual intercourse. Each year, more than 76,000 Texas girls between the ages of 15 and 19 become pregnant, giving the state the third highest teenage pregnancy rate in the United States. Despite these growing numbers, many public schools in Texas teach an abstinence-only curriculum, leaving a large number of teens without the sexual and reproductive health information they desperately need.

EngenderHealth is working to change this. In Travis County, where the teen pregnancy rate exceeds that of the state’s, we work directly with young people between the ages of 14 and 16 who are at a high risk of becoming teen parents. And in both Austin and Dallas, we are partnering with Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas to educate young people about how traditional gender norms and intimate partner violence can influence their risk of pregnancy. Our work in Texas equips teens with the tools they need to make smart decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and to determine their own futures.

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