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Costa Rica

Third Main Committee: Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural

Women’s Access to Contraceptive and Other Sexual

Health Materials

Traditionally, Costa Rica has not taken a stance on the discussion of women’s access to contraceptive. Yet, as a government, Costa Rica feels the need to encourage easier access to contraceptive. We recognizes that many citizens, especially adolescents, feel embarrassed or ashamed when the topic of contraceptives comes up. Costa Rica urges the UN to enforce education about contraceptives, because this is the piece that Costa Rica is missing. Costa Rica has the clinics and the contraceptives, but the education among citizens, primarily teens, is lacking greatly, and this endangers the sexual health of citizens.

Costa Rica feels that the UN does not need to provide contraceptives in developed countries or countries that do not request the access to them. Leaders should decide what is best for their country based on many factors about the people making up said country. The UN really has no place in forcing the access to contraceptives among people not willing to accept them. That would be unfair to nations and has no place in international interference.

However, Costa Rica does request that the UN provide education about contraceptives in all countries, regardless of what leaders may say. All citizens have the right to form their opinions based on truthful facts as opposed to some sort of propaganda. Also, education is important for those adolescents that know little to nothing about them. Usually, these teenagers feel embarrassed to talk about such a taboo topic. Costa Rica does not want this topic to stay taboo, because that is how adolescents make uninformed decisions about contraceptives. Education will be both the most successful in promoting sexual health and will be the easiest for women to obtain.

Education can also lead to the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and the prevention of sexual diseases. Teaching the uninformed key information is the best way to stop these kind of things from happening. Costa Rica does not wish to upset any nations by forcing them to provide contraceptives from government-based or owned institutions. Costa Rica only wishes that contraceptives can be sold at private businesses, and that citizens are given unbiased, factual information to form their opinions on these matters. Costa Rica hopes that the UN has its backing and support, and Costa Rica believes that the UN is fully capable of dealing with the education aspects of this issue.

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