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Sexual and reproductive health and rights 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  the findings of UN human rights bodies, as well as the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action,[1] which acknowledges sexual and reproductive health and rights as central to the wellbeing of populations.

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.
  • comprehensive 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[2] 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.

Values upon which Family Planning bases its work

To realise our strategic vision and positive sexual and reproductive health, Family Planning will:

  • be a leading advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • actively contribute to addressing Māori health inequities as set out in the strategic document Family Planning and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • focus on a positive view of sexuality, and promote equitable access to accurate information and quality services, which are appropriate and affordable for all
  • maintain best practice in service delivery
  • deliver non-judgmental, confidential, up to date services and a wide range of sexual and reproductive health care
  • engage with communities to provide culturally responsive health promotion services including relationships and sexuality education
  • provide non-judgemental, confidential referrals for abortion and up to date abortion services
  • recognise the value of each individual and respect diversity
  • work collaboratively to ensure services and strategies are responsive and appropriate
  • work to address social determinants of health including discrimination, poverty, violence and access to education.


[1] UNFPA. Explainer. What is the ICPD and why does it matter?

[2] 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.” Retrieved from:   

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