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“And [ages] 20 to 30, of course, is the safest time to produce children,” she says. “If you look at it, then, if you have a spacing between of let’s say four years or three years between each child, they would not be producing more than three or four children.”

Raashid says more than anything else illiteracy undermines family planning in Pakistan.

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Raashid says educating young girls is the single best policy for reducing the country’s high fertility rate and for achieving smaller, healthier families. She Canada Goose Jackets sites Sri Lanka where the literacy rate is 91 percent. There the fertility rate or the average number of children a woman has in her lifetime is 2.3, compared with Pakistan, where it is 3.9. In Pakistan, infant mortality is nearly six times as high as in Sri Lanka a smaller, poorer country.

“And the only thing that you canada goose black friday sale see different there is that women are educated there,” Raashid says. “They know about their rights. They know what has to be done where their children are concerned. They know what to do where their own health is concerned. You educate the women of Pakistan and we would have the same results.”

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But Raashid says abortion has become a dangerous form of birth control as women submit themselves to unskilled practitioners.

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