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Our sexuality philosophy

Family Planning New Zealand supports the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Sexual Rights Declaration and believes sexual and reproductive rights are human rights.

Family Planning’s sexual and reproductive health and rights philosophy is informed by international human rights bodies including the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) and the Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) who also affirm that sexual and reproductive rights are human rights.

Family Planning believes people have a right to:

  • equality, equal protection under the law and freedom from discrimination, regardless of their sex, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability, relationship status, age or religion.  
  • accurate, accessible, culturally responsive health information and services necessary to optimise sexual and reproductive health.
  • sexuality education to develop the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to make informed decisions about their sexuality, relationships, health and future.
  • privacy and bodily autonomy including the right to make decisions that impact their sexual and reproductive health.  This includes the right of people to access contraception, abortion services and referrals for abortion. 
  • express their sexuality* without hurt or violation of the rights of others.
  • participate in society fully regardless of sex, sexuality or gender identity including realising the right to education.
  • benefit from scientific and social progress equally.

*Sexuality is defined by the World Health Organisation as “…a central aspect of being human throughout life encompass[ing] sex, gender identities and roles, sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy and reproduction.” From the World Health Organisation.

Family Planning has clinics located throughout New Zealand. Use the clinic finder to find your nearest clinic.