There was a 9 percent decline in the fertility rate from 2007 to 2011 in the USA, a drop that demographers believe began after the recession took hold and Americans started feeling less secure about their economic circumstances. Which is a roundabout way of saying women prefer children when they feel that they have the economic means to feed and raise them. What an absolute surprise.
Family planning isn’t forced sterilisation campaigns carried out on unwilling subjects below an approved rate of income. It isn’t thwarting the will of God or going against nature’s law. It is perhaps the most humane of considerations to have- the consideration that the child you propose to bring into this world will not go unclothed, unfed and unloved.
It perhaps, isn’t that bad a thing
India is the first developing nation to have a family planning program, as early as 1949. With its exploding population now reaching shy of 1.26 billion, the world is watching as this country goes about producing more mouths than it can feed. Most family planning efforts have been made by the Indian government, and it seems to be paying off. From 1965 to 2009 contraceptive usage has tripled- 13% of married women in 1970 moving to 48% in 2009.
In 2015 alone, there were as many as 15.6 million abortions performed, which would sound like a good or a bad thing depending on what your idea of ‘pro-life’ really is.
While abortions are a choice, it is a tough choice to make- and getting an abortion every time, you are expecting a child borders on plain absurdity. So, what are women, (and men- let’s face it begetting children isn’t a one-sided deal) to do?
Rule one is ofcourse, use protection- not just for the child risks but also immediate health concerns. Rule two, is one of the greatest boons of the 21st Century- the oral contraceptive pill.
Invented in 1961, the oral contraceptive pill transferred the agency of birth control from men to women. It reoriented a woman’s say in a marriage, in a family, in her own life choices- but most importantly, being responsible for bringing a child into the world stopped being an imposition and became a choice instead.
At present, as less as 9% of Indian women who avail contraceptives opt for oral pills. This is in part because of the lack of detailed information about its effect on health and because of its easy and affordable availability. A contraceptive pill essentially allows the woman to exercise her choice in deciding on when and how many children she can bear.
Suvidha, is an oral contraceptive pill developed by Eskag pharma, believes in that choice. It is important that we remember that a contraceptive pill doesn’t discourage the idea of starting a family- in fact it reinforces the notion of building one that can be healthy and happy.