What you need to know about the new ‘gold standard’ of family planning
A new report from the National Institute of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, says women should not wait until after the birth of a child to get their first child.
The report, entitled “The Next Generation: Women, Reproductive Choice, and Population Growth”, outlines how we need to change how we think about the “next generation” of women.
“Women will be the future,” the report’s authors say, “so it is critical that we recognize that this is the first generation of women who will be responsible for the majority of the population’s reproductive choices and that the next generation will be shaped by the choices made today.”
This means that we must be ready to support women when they make decisions that have the potential to affect the future of their children.
“The report focuses on the “generation gap” that exists in the United States between those who were born in the 1950s and 1970s and those who are now aged 25 to 34.
It also discusses the “age gap” in the UK and Canada, and the growing gap in fertility rates between those born in these countries and those born today.
According to the authors, “women are more likely to be the ones in their late 20s to early 30s than the women in the next decade or two”.”
Women are in the middle of the gap between the younger and older generations,” the authors conclude.
The authors point out that the UK is “one of the most highly fertile countries in the world”, and it is only with the arrival of a “new generation” that the birth rate has risen by around 20 per cent since 2010.
This is “a major achievement, as the UK has already made great progress in lowering the birthrate over the last decade,” they conclude.
They also highlight that women who are married or cohabiting will now have “significant control” over the reproductive choices of their child.
The report calls for “gender parity in the family planning and reproduction systems”, and the development of “preventative contraception” and “reproductive health and nutrition”.
The report also highlights the need to address “sex-selective abortion” as well as the “gender gap” for young people, and to address the “fertility shortfall”.
It recommends that women be given “a clear pathway for attaining reproductive independence” by 2030, and that we “develop an approach to reproductive health and sexuality based on the concept of family”.
The authors also say that “the next generation” should be “pro-choice and pro-family”.”
This generation needs to understand that a woman’s life is their most important responsibility, and women who have children should not be put at a disadvantage if they choose to have children later in life,” the researchers write.”
The next generation needs the courage to choose their future, and we need it now.
“The authors of the report are members of the National Council of Applied Social Sciences, the Institute for Policy Research and Public Policy and the British Society for Reproductive Medicine.