UN report says all states should provide access to safe abortion, contraception

A groundbreaking new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Anand Grover, was released yesterday. And it is big!!

In the new report, Grover calls for the immediate removal of all impeding restrictions to abortion, full access to modern contraceptive methods, and complete and accurate information on sexual and reproductive health.

As the International Planned Parenthood Federation explains, “the report examines the disproportionate impact these laws and policies have on those who already suffer human rights violations and the denial of adequate heath care (e.g., women, impoverished peoples) and emphasizes individuals’ right to dignity and autonomy in health-related decision making.”

Having someone this high up basically say that all UN members states should provide safe abortion and contraception is a big deal, and many women’s health orgs are already hailing this as a huge victory for global sexual and reproductive rights and health.

For more, check out AWID’s analysis of the report (also available in Spanish and French).
RH Reality Check is also running a series looking at the issues in the report from different angles, including US policy.

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One Comment

  1. Posted October 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    I would love to hail this as a victory, but as long as there are states like Mississippi, and constant assaults on the right to choose abortion, the U.S. is just a really long way from getting to the recommendations above.

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