A family planning campaign launched by the Department of Health in the eastern province of Huaphan in Laos encourages women to be sterilized through ligation of their tubes. As local sources reported to Fides, the project, which offers the service for free and will end in late 2013, is supported by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities. According to the deputy director of the department Thongbay Thavisouk, the initiative has become necessary because the local women give birth to an average of six children. Too many, when dealing with a figure, which, in his view, would negatively affect both the health of the woman and the level of wellbeing of the families. A constant cause of unhappiness in recent history, sterilization is therefore presented by the authorities as a means of improving the economic status of individuals. Meanwhile, however, also in Laos, especially but not only among the Christian communities, there is a growing pro-life movement. The Catholic International Association of Human Life, for example, through the efforts of its Asian section, works to assist small local pro-life groups begun from 2008 onwards. And if groups of Catholics, with other Christians, are committed to promoting issues related to respecting life, in the capital of Vientiane, despite the difficulties, Sister Milagros Azucena carries out a pastoral role for couples, women and children.
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