Gloria describes how family planning actually empowers women.
Family planning empowers women by enabling women to basically plan their lives, to be able to plan and space your childbearing, to know that biology is not necessarily destiny.
It enables women to be able to get an education. If you can plan and space your childbearing, then you can think about, “Well, what is it that I’d like to do with my life and when would I like to have children as part of my life? When will I be ready to have children? When will I be able to support children properly?” And that is just an incredible, incredible liberty that I hope women appreciate.
You know, birth control has become so normal and routine that it’s like the air and the water to many young women these days. Well, I think we all need to understand that it may not always be there. It hasn’t always been there, and we should appreciate that ability that we have now to decide for ourselves whether and when to be mothers and therefore to be able to decide what education we want to have, what career we want to pursue, what relationship we want to be in. It changes. Family planning changes everything.
About Gloria Feldt:
Gloria Feldt is a nationally acclaimed activist, author, keynote speaker and commentator on women's lives, rights, health, and leadership from where the personal meets the political. She’s been dubbed "the voice of experience" by People Magazine, one of America’s “Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers” by Vanity Fair, “Woman of the Year” by Glamour, and a “practical visionary” by her colleagues. She was a teen mom whose life’s passion for reproductive justice led her to a 30-year career with the world's largest reproductive health care provider and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood.