Comparison of family planning in Cuba and Ireland

Suzie Smyth, Shirley Stronge

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Family planning gives individuals and couples control and choice over the number of children they have and the timing of their births. Developments in reproductive health have resulted in major changes in the options for family planning, providing more choice and control over fertility. This article explores reproductive health in the Republic of Cuba and the Republic of Ireland, with a focus on contraceptive use and termination of pregnancy as methods of family planning. The predominant religion in both countries is Catholicism, which promotes the right to life of the unborn child. The two countries have adopted different approaches to the availability of both contraception and termination of pregnancy. Cuba has offered free access to contraception and termination of pregnancy since the 1960s to reduce maternal mortality. In Ireland, contraception was not widely available until 1995 and termination of pregnancy is available only in extremely limited circumstances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-49
Number of pages5
JournalNursing Standard
Issue number52
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2015


  • Comparative study
  • Cuba
  • Ireland
  • contraception
  • family planning
  • maternity care
  • reproductive health
  • termination of pregnancy


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