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Jakarta Post

Family planning still not seen as human right in Indonesia

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 12 2018   /  12:34 am

As the world commemorated the 50th World Population Day on Wednesday, the United Nations chose “family planning is a human right” as this year’s theme.

However, the concept of planned parenthood remains antithetical to the more conservative elements of Indonesian society.

“Women and girls have the right to avoid the exhaustion, depletion and danger of too many pregnancies, too close together. Men and women have the right to choose when and how often to embrace parenthood — if at all. Every individual has the human right to determine the direction and scope of his or her future in this fundamental way,” the UN stated on its website.

National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) deputy for population control, Dwi Listyawardani, acknowledged the challenges in familiarizing Indonesian people with the concept of planned parenthood, despite decades of...