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Motion: Aid for family planning

Senator Rhiannon to move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   family planning is key to achieving all Millennium Development Goals, especially Goal 5 which seeks to reduce maternal mortality by three-quarters and is the least likely goal to be achieved,

      (ii)   maternal mortality is a leading cause of death and illness for all women worldwide, with pregnancy the biggest killer of girls aged 15 to 19,

      (iii)   over 200 million married women and hundreds of millions more single and adolescent women still cannot access contraception and reproductive health services, fundamental human rights which can prevent 99 per cent of maternal deaths, and

      (iv)   on 11 July 2012, the United Kingdom Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation host the global Family Planning Summit in London, which aims to reduce maternal deaths by 200 000 per year and to prevent 1 million infant deaths by 2020; and

   (b)   calls on the Government to:

      (i)   continue to increase aid funding for family planning, with a special emphasis on investing in comprehensive rights-based approaches that eradicate social and cultural barriers, in the 2012-13 budget and beyond, and

      (ii)   support the work of the International Consortium of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, comprised of CARE Australia, Marie Stopes International Australia, the Burnet Institute, the International Women's Development Agency, and Plan International Australia, and other initiatives that enable women to claim their right to decide if and when to have children.

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