We’re so excited to announce the launch of HealthiestGeneration.com, a new blog on Tumblr from Planned Parenthood Global that shares stories of sexual health and reproductive rights from around the world, with a focus on young people.
Follow Healthiest Generation to stay abreast of the global movement for reproductive freedom. The Tumblr blog features original content that shines a light on the work of Planned Parenthood's partners on the ground in countries around the world.
You can expect to find playlists with amazing music from countries across Latin America and Africa; inspiring stories of badass change makers from around the world; photos, videos and GIFs illuminating the front lines of this work; and much more.
Today, the struggle for health and rights is not just happening in your city or even just your country; our movement is global, reflecting the reality that health has no borders.
Consider the case of the 16-year-old girl in Pennsylvania who needed an abortion when the closest abortion provider was 75 miles away, and a mandated waiting period would have meant either driving there twice or staying overnight — her mom ordered abortion-inducing medication for her daughter over the Internet, and soon after got arrested for it. Unfortunately, their case is not unprecedented.
We see echoes of it in the story of a 25-year-old woman who was arrested earlier this month at a hospital in northern Chile where she sought medical assistance after her doctor suspected she had self-induced abortion. Chile is one of only four countries in the world where abortion is illegal under any circumstances — even to save a woman’s life.
In particular, young people's sexual and reproductive health needs are neglected around the world. Pregnancy is a leading cause of death for adolescent girls worldwide — nearly 70,000 are killed annually. Moreover, half of the world's population is now under 25 years old. They need our help to grow into the healthiest generation ever.
Yet from criminalization of pregnant women to total abortion bans to Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill to abstinence-only initiatives, too many women, families and communities are currently denied access to information, services and rights. Their efforts disproportionately impact those already at the margins of society: people of color, young people, LGBTQ people, immigrants, migrants, and working class people, to name a few.
At the same time, the movement for global sexual and reproductive health is growing faster and stronger, stretching from the streets of Nairobi to the villages of Nicaragua. The movement includes the intrepid Planned Parenthood Global Youth Peer Providers — young people sharing basic reproductive health counseling and contraceptive access to nearly 70,000 of their classmates and friends last year alone. It includes the brave community health workers in Guatemala that trains teens in contraceptive counseling. The work of these community health educators is as challenging as it is lifesaving; they can and must succeed in creating the healthiest generation ever.
Visit HealthiestGeneration.com to see how the movement for reproductive health and rights is growing across the globe. If you’re already on Tumblr, follow us so you never miss a post.