World Contraception Day

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“Sex is, directly or indirectly, the most powerful weapon in the armoury of the Magician; and precisely because there is no moral guide, it is indescribably dangerous. I have given a great many hints, especially in Magick , and The Book of Thoth —some of the cards are almost blatantly revealing; so I have been rapped rather severely over the knuckles for giving children matches for playthings. My excuse has been that they have already got the matches, that my explanations have been directed to add conscious precautions to the existing automatic safeguards.” ― Aleister Crowley, Magick Without Tears

World Contraception Day is today, September 26. Launched in 2007, WCD exists to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available and enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health. The World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Reproductive Health and Research and HRP “are shining a spotlight on the importance of ensuring the provision of a choice of high-quality postpartum contraceptive methods – to prevent unintended pregnancies through the first 12 months following childbirth – to women and their partners.”

WHO notes:

Contraception allows women to realise their human right to decide if and when to have children and helps to allow people attain their desired family size. Yet 214 million women of reproductive age in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy are not using a modern contraceptive method. Women who have recently given birth are amongst those with the highest unmet need for contraception.

Studies show that roughly 95% of women who are 0 to 12 months postpartum want to avoid pregnancy in the next 24 months, but 70% of them are not using contraception. Pregnancies in the postpartum period pose the greatest risk for women and their infants, and have increased risks of adverse health outcomes.

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