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Esperanza Delgado Herrera *

Since 1989, the United Nations system recommended that July 11 was declared the World Population Day, and from that date holds a special themed event to raise awareness levels of government and opinion general public.

On 11 July, the theme focused on teenage pregnancy, a problem that the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, described as "a sensitive issue that requires global attention."

The teenage pregnancy is a complex phenomenon that poses serious health risks and adverse consequences that impact the lives of mothers.

Some data from the National Population Council (CONAPO), and the National Survey of Demographic Dynamics 2009 show the following:

• About 16 percent of births occurring in Mexico are women between 15 and 19 years old, equivalent to 352 000 435 births per year on average.

• The early onset of sexual intercourse and lack of contraceptive use are the most important factors in the increase in unplanned or unwanted adolescence.

• The first sexual intercourse occurs on average at 16.6 years, and for one year after starting the use of contraception, associated with entry into the union.

• 61.5 percent of adolescents are not protected in their first sexual encounter.

• The 40.6 percent of pregnant teenagers at the time of conducting the survey said they did not have planned or desired, even though 97 percent of this group of women reported knowledge of at least one contraceptive method.

• Adolescent women together have low contraceptive use (44.7 percent), with 24.6 percent of unmet need for contraception (NIA), ie are women who want to limit or space their families and are not using any contraceptive , of which 21 percent the need to postpone births and 3.4 percent for limiting their offspring.

The above data conclusively shed the priority of the adolescent population that has access to family planning, in other words, objective information and modern contraceptive methods.

In this sense, well worth exposing rights perspective that arises from the population that needs it, especially the adolescents, access to family planning.

Family planning is justified on several fronts and
• It is based on internationally recognized human rights. States are required to ensure access to affordable family planning services, adequate and quality, free from coercion, discrimination and violence. Specifically, this is an essential sexual and reproductive right.

• It saves lives and improves health. Preventing unplanned pregnancies contributes to saving the lives of women, while helping to reduce the number of unsafe abortions and deliveries performed under unsafe conditions.

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