December 13, 2009 12:01 AM

Bush birth control policies helped fuel Africa's baby boom

On a continent where fewer than one in five married women use modern contraception, promoting birth control faces a host of obstacles — patriarchal customs, religious taboos, ill-equipped public health systems — but experts also blame a powerful, more distant force: the U.S. government. Under President Bush, the United States withdrew from its decades-long role as a global leader in supporting family planning, even for married women.

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