The end of the year always invites the opportunity to look back and reflect upon all that transpired over the previous months that help define the year, whether good, bad, or otherwise. It is an opportunity to introspect and evaluate how yesterday’s actions led to today and help inform tomorrow.
For those interested and working in family planning, history will remember 2022 as the year that The Supreme Court in the United States rolled back reproductive rights by overturning Roe v. Wade and restricting people’s access to reproductive healthcare, the effects of which are still reverberating today. In this context, saying goodbye to 2022 with a sense of pessimism or cynicism would be understandable given the fact that decades of family planning progress is at risk of being undone.
Despite this, we encourage everyone to try and focus instead on the tremendous milestones that were reached over the past 12 months in advancing contraceptive methods for sperm-producers and the leap towards achieving reproductive autonomy for all people that they represent. In this post, we highlight some of the incredible achievements in the field that help bring us even closer to the day when all people have access to the contraceptives they want and need.
As we say goodbye to a tumultuous year for the field of family planning and reproductive health, let’s look to 2023 and the years beyond with a collective sense of optimism and excitement. Progress is happening in the field of male contraception research and development and with each passing day we move closer and closer to realizing our hopeful vision of a world in which everyone has reproductive autonomy.