Clinton: family planning key to sustainability

June 22, 2012 - 10:57 AM

Rio de Janeiro (AP) — United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken a stand for women's reproductive rights during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.

Clinton told the audience Friday that she applauds the final document's endorsement of women's sexual and reproductive health as an essential element in sustainable development. But she said ensuring women's ability to control when and whether to have children is essential. Clinton said the United States would continue to work to ensure reproductive rights are respected in international agreements.

Several other policymakers have taken similar stances during the UN conference, objecting to the omission of specific language on reproductive rights in the final document.