NASA, let’s send a condom into space!
The time has come for NASA to send a condom to space. Several objects that represents humanity has allready been sent into infinity. The condom should be next since it is one of the most significant inventions of all time: it actually saves lives.
Today it’s World Contraception Day - A day dedicated to contraceptives that give humans the option to decide if and when to have kids, one of the most important decisions a person can make. The condom might look simple, but it is the single contraceptive that offers protection against both unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. It is also the only contraceptive available for men.
More than 225 million people still lack contraceptives worldwide. The shortage is closely interlinked with poverty, norms surrounding sexuality and lack of political efforts. Every year almost 300.000 girls and women die due to complications related to pregnancy, delivery or unsafe abortions. More than 1.000.000 humans die from AIDS-related illnesses annually.
Access to contraceptives, on the other hand, is closely linked to greater gender equality, educational attainment and even economic development. When more people get to decide if and when to have children, they stay in school, their economy improves and they give birth later in life with less health risks.
RFSU, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, has made a video as an open letter to NASA to explain why sending a condom into space is such a great idea. We call it the Swedish Space Condom. Our hope is that the video will go viral and that many will sign our petition to NASA. If NASA sends a condom to space more people will speak about this simple, but life saving invention. This is our small contribution to put contraceptives higher on the political agenda.
Let’s send a condom to space!
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* RFSU is the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education. Since the very start in 1933 RFSU has been aiming to provide quality sex information and education to as many as possible. RFSU is also a founder of International Planned Parenthood Federation. We have partnerships with civil society organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.