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An Initiative For Population Control and Child’s Welfare on ‘World Population Day’

Emphasizing the need for population control and the significance of The World Population Day

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FOGSI and IMA come together to discuss birth control measures. VOA
  • FOGSI in collaboration with IMA discuss the changing patterns of contraception
  • Population control and the need for a proper family planning
  • An initiative to discuss intricate relationship between family planning and development of the nation

New Delhi, July 12, 2017: Emphasizing the significance of 11th July as World Population Day, 242 societies induced by the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) came together with 3 lakh doctors of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) to discuss about the shifting pattern of contraception methods available today. Their motto was to empower people by spreading awareness among them about the varied ways of family planning and thus the development of the nation, as reported by ANI.

Samaj Swasthya, a magazine started by Raghunath Dhondo Karve as early as 1927. In it, he discussed society’s well-being as a consequence of population control. He argued for every women’s control over their own lives through the path of birth control.

According to ‘Vision FP 2020’, a proper family planning can keep at bay 2.39 crore births and 42,000 maternal deaths by 2020. This will, in turn, lead to an even dispersion of hygiene, nutrition and will help to eliminate malnutrition, poverty and deaths by starvation.

Also Read: World Population Day: Is it time to control population explosion in India?

Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, National President Indian Medical Association and President Heart Care Foundation of India and Dr RN Tandon – Honorary Secretary General IMA, on this opportunity speaks about the significance of the knowledge that people should have at their disposal about “the varied and effective contraception choices”. Irreversible tubectomy, reversible long-acting spacing methods of contraception such as the intrauterine device among others. He discussed at length about injectable contraceptives. Dr Aggarwal aims towards alleviating myths and misconceptions about contraceptives and also create awareness on safe family planning methods.

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Contraceptive pills. VOA

India is ranked 2nd in the category of world’s most populated countries with most of the women not being fully educated on contraception usages and importances.

Dr Rishma Dhillon Pai – President and Dr Hrishikesh D Pai – Secretary General, Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) in a joint statement shared, “In 2015, over 7 lakh abortions were recorded, which resulted from unwanted pregnancies – as an outcome of the unmet need for contraceptives”. India is in dire need of family planning services

“Our aim is to keep the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of the Indian population to 2.1. Out of 36 states and Union territories of India, 24 of them have already achieved the TFR of 2.1 or less.” contends SK Sikdar, Deputy Commissioner and HOD, Family planning division of Union Health Ministry.

– prepared by Puja Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter @pujas1994

 

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Under Trump’s Rule, Women Will Lose Birth Control Coverage: Judge

The states argue that millions of women could lose free birth control services under the new rules.

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A one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills is displayed in Sacramento, Calif. VOA

A “substantial number” of women would lose free birth control coverage under new rules by the Trump administration that allow more employers to opt out of providing the benefit, a U.S. judge said at a hearing Friday.

Judge Haywood Gilliam appeared inclined to grant a request by California and other states that he block the rules while the states’ lawsuit moves forward. He said he would rule before Monday, when the rules are set to take effect.

The changes would allow more employers, including publicly traded companies, to opt out of providing no-cost contraceptive coverage to women by claiming religious objections. Some private employers could also object on moral grounds.

Gilliam said the new rules would be a “massive policy shift” to women who lose coverage.

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Margot Riphagen of New Orleans, La., wears a birth control pills costume during a protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, March 25, 2015. VOA

The judge previously blocked an interim version of those rules — a decision that was upheld in December by an appeals court.

The case is before him again after the administration finalized the measures in November, prompting a renewed legal challenge by California and other states.

At issue is a requirement under President Barack Obama’s health care law that birth control services be covered at no additional cost. Obama officials included exemptions for religious organizations. The Trump administration expanded those exemptions and added “moral convictions” as a basis to opt out of providing birth control services.

Karli Eisenberg, an attorney for California, told Gilliam on Friday the loss of free contraceptive coverage from employers would force women to turn to government programs that provide birth control, and if they are ineligible for those, increase the risk of unintended pregnancies.

“It’s undisputed that these rules will create barriers,” she said.

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A community health worker holds up contraceptives during a lecture on family planning at a reproductive health clinic run by an NGO in Tondo city, metro Manila. VOA

The rules violate the Affordable Care Act, including a provision that forbids discrimination, she said.

Justin Sandberg, an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, said the health care law already had exemptions for contraceptive coverage that left millions of women without the benefit. He said the birth control requirement was a “substantial burden” on employers with religious objections.

The rules “protect a narrow class of sincere religious and moral objectors from being forced to facilitate practices that conflict with their beliefs,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in court documents.

Also Read: Trump Can’t Deny Birth Control Coverage: U.S. Court

The states argue that millions of women could lose free birth control services under the new rules. They want Gilliam to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the rules for the entire nation.

Gilliam questioned whether a nationwide injunction was appropriate. He noted that a federal judge in Massachusetts had ruled against a similar challenge to the birth control rules, but a nationwide injunction would nonetheless block them in that state. (VOA)