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U.S. Government Rejoins Worldwide Consensus on Reproductive Health
Date:1/8/2010

Health and Development Groups Applaud Clinton Speech; Call for Action

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A broad coalition of organizations representing millions of Americans applauded today's statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the United States unequivocally supports the worldwide consensus that achieving universal access to reproductive health is critical for individual health, family well-being, broader economic development and a healthy planet.

In a speech today at the State Department, Secretary Clinton declared the U.S. government's renewed support and dedication to reaching the health and development goals laid out in the International Conference on Population Development and other related UN agreements, including the Millennium Development Goals.

The Secretary said that "women's health is essential to the prosperity and health of all people," and that the U.S. has rejoined with all governments to "make the access to reproductive healthcare a basic right."

During the groundbreaking 1994 United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo, 179 nations laid out an ambitious plan of action to improve health and achieve sustainable development by focusing on individual health needs and human rights, especially for women and girls.

Countries agreed to achieve universal access to reproductive health services by the year 2015, a target reaffirmed in the Millennium Development Goals. Reproductive health services include voluntary contraception that is affordable and safe, sex education programs to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS, and programs that improve maternal and child health.

"The United States was a major architect of the 1994 Cairo agreement, but U.S. funding for international family planning programs, a major component of
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