Comparison of family planning in Cuba and Ireland
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Comparison of family planning in Cuba and Ireland

Suzie Smyth Midwife, Ulster Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Shirley Stronge Lecturer (education), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Family planning gives individuals and couples control and choice over the number of children they have and the timing of their births. Developments in reproductive health have resulted in major changes in the options for family planning, providing more choice and control over fertility. This article explores reproductive health in the Republic of Cuba and the Republic of Ireland, with a focus on contraceptive use and termination of pregnancy as methods of family planning. The predominant religion in both countries is Catholicism, which promotes the right to life of the unborn child. The two countries have adopted different approaches to the availability of both contraception and termination of pregnancy. Cuba has offered free access to contraception and termination of pregnancy since the 1960s to reduce maternal mortality. In Ireland, contraception was not widely available until 1995 and termination of pregnancy is available only in extremely limited circumstances.

Nursing Standard. 29, 52,45-49. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.52.45.e9754

Correspondence

ssmyth685@qub.ac.uk

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Received: 12 November 2014

Accepted: 19 December 2014