Let's Not Be Squeamish About Family Planning's Fiscal Benefits
So often when we sing the praises of family planning, we go straight to applauding its health benefits: all the healthier babies and children, the hundreds of thousands of women who survive childbirth, and the millions of abortions prevented.
Family planning has changed the world for us all over the past few decades. But better health isn't the only advantage. There's another, though we in the global health field have often been hesitant about lauding it too loudly.
I'm talking about the relationship between family planning to prosperity.
The fiscal benefits for countries with robust family planning programs are huge. As more people than ever make the transition from large families and short lives to smaller families and longer lives, we're reminded that these three elements—health, family size, and prosperity—are irrevocably intertwined.