Every two minutes, a woman dies from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. Women in developing countries have fifteen times the risk of dying than women in the developed world. These deaths are further complicated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in some countries. I am committed to ensuring that all women have access to family planning methods.
I am an advocate for America’s continued commitment to serving as the world leader in HIV/AIDS research and being the largest funder of global HIV/AIDS programs in the world. Increasing access to contraceptive services and increasing women’s access to HIV/AIDS prevention around the world will reduce maternal deaths worldwide and allow women to play a vital role in advancing the economies of developing countries.
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