From our Partners: “Leap of faith: why religious leaders have a moral duty to promote family planning,” Faith to Action Network

As men of faith, we share a deeply held conviction that all families – regardless of their religious beliefs – are entitled to lead healthy lives free from suffering and deprivation. But, tragically, an absence of basic family planning services deprives millions of people of this fundamental right every year.

More than 200 million women worldwide lack access to modern contraceptives – and when families are unable to control the timing and spacing of pregnancies, the cost can be measured in thousands of women’s and children’s lives lost.

Delivering family planning services and education to those who most need them may seem a daunting task, but a powerful infrastructure is already in place that can help us increase access to contraception: the global faith community.

Read the full commentary by Rev. Canon Grace Kaiso and Dr. Ahmed RA Ragab of Faith to Action Network at the Guardian.