Velázquez Introduces a Resolution in Support of World Contraception Day
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced a House resolution expressing support for the recognition of September 26, 2021, as World Contraception Day.
“World Contraception Day is about improving awareness of contraception and the right to sexual and reproductive health in the United States and around the globe,” said Velázquez. “The right for someone to have personal autonomy over their own body is a human right that should never be abridged. No matter where someone lives, I will continue to fight for reproductive justice for all.”
Globally, 270 million people have an unmet need for family planning using modern contraception, and research has shown that in particular people of color have a lack of quality information about effective family planning methods. Effective contraception has been shown to be an important strategy to maintaining and improving mental health and well-being. Access to contraception has also been shown to increase labor force participation and boost economic health and prosperity. In addition, studies have showed that preventing teenagers from accessing contraceptives puts teens at risk of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
This resolution is also co-sponsored by Alma Adams, Henry “Hank” Johnson, Ritchie Torres, Judy Chu, Sheila Jackson Lee, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Caroline B. Maloney, Suzan DelBene, James P. McGovern, Jerrold Nadler, Adriano Espaillat, Grace Meng, Suzanne Bonamici, Katherine Clark.