'I continue to meet women and girls who tell me they are unable to exercise their right to family planning and end up having more children than they intend, burdening them economically, harming their health, and undermining opportunities for a better life for themselves and their families.– Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin (right), Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the U.N. Population Fund.
'Recent statistics show that 867 million women of childbearing age in developing countries have a need for modern contraceptives. Of that total, 645 million have access to them. But a staggering 222 million still do not. This is inexcusable. Family planning is a human right. It must therefore be available to all who want it. But clearly this right has not yet been extended to all, especially in the poorest countries.'
The quote appears in his foreword to a 140-page report on the "state of world population 2012," released today and entitled By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights, and Development. Osotimehin, a physician who was born in Nigeria and educated there and in Britain, thus introduced the 1st express statement that contraception is a human right to be found in an annual report of the Population Fund.