QUESTION OF: Measures to delay the age of first pregnancy as a means of improving maternal health
SUBMITTED BY: Angola
CO-SUBMITTERS:Colombia, Australia, Burkina Faso, Canada, Greenpeace, Indonesia, Japan.
Defining maternal health as the condition of women during their pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period,
Aware that women face social backlash should they choose to abort safely via public services,
Noting that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 10% of the girls from low and medium-income countries become pregnant at the age of 16 and mothers aged between 10 and 19 years account for 11% of all births worldwide,
Noting with deep concern that at least 16 million girls – between ages 15 to 19 – give birth each year and that the process is the leading cause of death for this age group across the world,
Underlining that delaying a first pregnancy until a woman is at least 18 years old is healthiest for both the mother and the baby,