Despite Propaganda Effort, A Majority of Latin American Teens Do Not Use Contraceptives

COLOMBIA, May 6, 2008 ( - Despite innumerable campaigns by international organizations with a population control agenda, a large majority of Latin American teens still do not use contraceptives, according to a recent study.

The study, which examined the contraceptive practices of people in a variety of Latin American countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Mexico, and Guatemala, showed that Latin Americans continue to ignore the message of contraceptive "family planning" as a means to avoid poverty.

According to the study’s results, 62 percent of Latin American women between 16 and 19 years of age do not use any form of birth control.  Of women between 16 and 45 years of age, 32 percent do not use birth control.

Contraception advocate Doctor Samuel Santoyo, who conducted the study for the pro-contraception group Latin American Center for Women and Health (CELSAM) with support from the pharmaceutical corporation Bayer Schering Pharma, expressed his concern that birth control campaigns in Latin America aren’t working.

"It confirms that there is a high percentage of people who do not use (birth control) methods but what draws our attention is that they do know about them," Santoyo told El Tiempo. 

"First place is occupied by the pill, which is known by 40 percent of them, followed by the condom, the IUD, injectables, even permanent methods such as vasectomies, in men.  Despite that more than 60 percent do not utilize them."

Santoyo admitted that one of the reasons that many women do not use contraceptives in Latin America is that "they are afraid of secondary effects." 

Scientific studies have linked the use of chemical contraceptives with heart disease, hardening of the arteries, sterility, breast cancer, and numerous other ailments.

Reluctance to use contraceptives among Latin Americans has caused the fertility rate to remain well above replacement level, at 2.6 children per woman on average in 2000, according to the UN Population Division, compared to 1.6 per woman in the industrialized nations. 

However, efforts by international foundations based in the U.S. and Europe to suppress the population of Latin America have had a significant impact since the 1960s.  Mexican fertility, for example, fell from over seven children per woman in the 1960s, to 2.4 per woman in 2000, after massive and sustained campaigns by population control groups.

Related Resources:

The Inherent Racism of Population Control

El Racismo Inherente al Control de la PoblaciĆ³n

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