Support Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children

Target: Delegates of the World Health Assembly

Goal: Continue to implement progressive health standards for women and children, despite push back from the Catholic Church.

Delegates who attended the sixty-sixth session of the World Health Assembly recently passed a resolution that will provide women and children with 13 underused life-saving commodities, a measure estimated to save 6 million lives during the next five years alone. While the decree is a colossal success for women and children across the world, the Catholic Church has once again decided to nitpick at health measures that would save lives due to their vehement opposition to emergency contraception. Urge the delegates of the World Health Assembly not to heed these prejudiced beliefs, but continue to implement progressive health measures that will save  and improve the quality of lives.

The resolution calls on the World Health Organization to work with individual countries to improve the quality and supply of 13 underused life-saving commodities, including contraception. Other commodities include antibiotics to combat sickness and oral rehydration salts to counteract dehydration. While the implementation of the WHA’s resolution would save and improve the lives of millions, the Catholic Holy See delegation responded by calling emergency contraception a “direct attack” on the unborn, dismissing the resolution as a failure. Other extreme religious zealots, such as Scott Fischbach of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach, called on the World Health Organization to “acknowledge that abortion needlessly puts women at serious risk, both physically and psychologically” and to “adopt measures that protect women from abortion and improve women’s health care.” Seemingly unaware that the measure significantly improves women’s health care, Catholic and pro-life groups are now voicing their disapproval of life-saving commodities.

Though religious extremists are often only a small, albeit loud, minority, they do have the power to set back progressive health measures and hinder the progress made by international assemblies. In the United States, such extremism has successfully shut down numerous women’s health clinics, such as Planned Parenthood, and stripped underprivileged women of access to affordable preventative care. Their breadth of power is increasing at a steady rate, and therefore it is important to speak up against religious dogma and stand for the millions who deserve basic and life-saving commodities across the world.

Urge the World Health Assembly not to yield to religious extremism, and encourage them to continue fighting for women and children who deserve these commodities and an improved quality of life.


Dear Delegates of the World Health Assembly,

Thank you for pledging to improve the quality and supply of 13 life-saving commodities for women and children. The sixty-sixth session of the World Health Assembly yielded beneficial improvements to current health care, and because of this resolution, millions of lives will be saved over the next few years.

Despite the tremendous success of this resolution, many Catholic authorities have spoken out against the measure due to their opposition to emergency contraception. In the past, Catholic leaders have used their dogmatic views to hinder health care for women. This is unfair. Members of the World Health Organization, as well as all members of the World Health Assembly, have pledged to improve the quality of life and health for as many as possible. It is wrong to let biased religious beliefs dictate the quality or type of care that may be necessary for women. Please do not yield to these prejudiced claims against emergency contraception, and continue to implement beneficial health care resolutions in the future.


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Photo Credit: Lindsay Mgbor/Department for International Development

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