Summit Pledges Family Planning Services for World's Poor
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In a landmark summit on family planning, a new commitment to help women and girl's in some of the world's poorest countries. Melinda Gates believes the money being pledged here could help an additional 120 million women gain access to contraception by 2020.

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In a landmark summit on family planning, a new commitment to help women and girl's in some of the world's poorest countries. Melinda Gates believes the money being pledged here could help an additional 120 million women gain access to contraception by 2020. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION CO-FOUNDER, MELINDA GATES, SAYING: "Helping women get access to contraceptives saves their lives. It improves the health of mothers and children, as you've heard today. It increases children's school attendence. Family planning leades to more prosperous families, and at the national level, as you've heard, it's even linked to GDP growth." The wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates announced their joint foundation is pledging hundreds of millions of dollars to the effort. Along with governments and other organisations, as much as 2.6 billion dollars has been committed. British Prime Minister David Cameron said this marks an important milestone. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UK PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "Women should be able to decide freely and for themselves whether, when and how many children to have. This is not something that is nice to have; some sort of add-on to our wider development goals. It is absolutely fundamental to any hope of tackling poverty in our world." It's hoped these new pledges will save millions of lives, and reduce the number of abortions by 50 million. Joel Flynn, Reuters.