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Reproductive rights
Reproductive rights
are legal rights and freedoms relating to reproduction and reproductive health that vary amongst countries around the world.[1] The World Health Organization
World Health Organization
defines reproductive rights as follows:

Reproductive rights
Reproductive rights
rest on the recognition of the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health. They also include the right of all to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence.[2]

Women's reproductive rights may include some or all of the following: the right to legal and safe abortion; the right to birth control; freedom from coerced sterilization and contraception; the right to access good-quality reproductive healthcare; and the right to education and access in order to make free and informed reproductive choices.[3] Reproductive rights
Reproductive rights
may also include the right to receive education about sexually transmitted infections and other aspects of sexuality, and protection from practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM).[1][3][4][5] Reproductive rights
Reproductive rights
began to develop as a subset of human rights at the United Nation's 1968 International Conference on Human
Human
Rights.[4] The resulting non binding Proclamation of Teheran was the first international document to recognize one of these rights when it stated that: "Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and the spacing of their children."[4][6] States, though, have been slow in incorporating these rights in internationally legally binding instruments. Thus, while some of these rights have already been recognized in hard law, that is, in legally binding international human rights instruments, others have been mentioned only in non binding recommendations and, therefore, have at best the status of soft law in international law, while a further group is yet to be accepted by the international community and therefore remains at the level of advocacy.[7] Issues related to reproductive rights are some of the most vigorously contested rights' issues worldwide, regardless of the population's socioeconomic level, religion or culture.[8] The issue of reproductive rights is frequently presented as being of vital importance in discussions and articles by population concern organizations such as Population
Population
Matters.[9] Reproductive rights
Reproductive rights
are a subset of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Proclamation of Teheran 1.2 Cairo
Cairo
Programme of Action 1.3 Beijing Platform 1.4 Yogyakarta Principles 1.5 State abuses 1.6 Other

2 Prohibition of forced sterilization and forced abortion 3 Human
Human
rights 4 Women's rights 5 Men's rights 6 Intersex
Intersex
and reproductive rights 7 Youth rights and access

7.1 Minors 7.2 Africa 7.3 European Union 7.4 Latin America 7.5 Jordan 7.6 United States

8 Lack of knowledge about rights 9 Gender equality
Gender equality
and violence against women 10 HIV/AIDS 11 Child and forced marriage 12 Maternal mortality 13 Issues

13.1 Cairo
Cairo
Programme of Action implementation 13.2 Abortion 13.3 Population
Population
control 13.4 Female genital mutilation 13.5 Bride kidnapping
Bride kidnapping
or buying and reproductive slavery 13.6 Sperm donation 13.7 Compulsory sterilization

13.7.1 Roma women 13.7.2 United States 13.7.3 Canada

13.8 Roman Catholic Church

14 Criticisms 15 See also 16 References 17 External links

History[edit] Proclamation of Teheran[edit] In 1945, the United Nations Charter
United Nations Charter
included the obligation "to promote... universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without discrimination as to race, sex, language, or religion". However, the Charter did not define these rights. Three years later, the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human
Human
Rights
Rights
(UDHR), the first international legal document to delineate human rights; the UDHR does not mention reproductive rights. Reproductive rights
Reproductive rights
began to appear as a subset of human rights in the 1968 Proclamation of Teheran, which states: "Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and the spacing of their children".[6] This right was affirmed by the UN General Assembly in the 1969 Declaration on Social Progress and Development which states "The family as a basic unit of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members, particularly children and youth, should be assisted and protected so that it may fully assume its responsibilities within the community. Parents have the exclusive right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children."[4][10] The 1975 UN International Women's Year Conference echoed the Proclamation of Teheran.[citation needed] Cairo
Cairo
Programme of Action[edit] The twenty-year " Cairo
Cairo
Programme of Action" was adopted in 1994 at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. The non-binding Programme of Action asserted that governments have a responsibility to meet individuals' reproductive needs, rather than demographic targets. It recommended that family planning services be provided in the context of other reproductive health services, including services for healthy and safe childbirth, care for sexually transmitted infections, and post-abortion care. The ICPD also addressed issues such as violence against women, sex trafficking, and adolescent health.[11] The Cairo
Cairo
Program is the first international policy document to define reproductive health,[11] stating:

Reproductive health
Reproductive health
is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and its functions and processes. Reproductive health
Reproductive health
therefore implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so. Implicit in this last condition are the right of men and women to be informed [about] and to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice, as well as other methods for regulation of fertility which are not against the law, and the right of access to appropriate health-care services that will enable women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth and provide couples with the best chance of having a healthy infant [para. 72].[1]

Unlike previous population conferences, a wide range of interests from grassroots to government level were represented in Cairo. 179 nations attended the ICPD and overall eleven thousand representatives from governments, NGOs, international agencies and citizen activists participated.[11] The ICPD did not address the far-reaching implications of the HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
epidemic. In 1999, recommendations at the ICPD+5 were expanded to include commitment to AIDS education, research, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission, as well as to the development of vaccines and microbicides.[12] The Cairo
Cairo
Programme of Action was adopted by 184 UN member states. Nevertheless, many Latin American and Islamic states made formal reservations to the programme, in particular, to its concept of reproductive rights and sexual freedom, to its treatment of abortion, and to its potential incompatibility with Islamic law.[13] Beijing Platform[edit] The 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women
Fourth World Conference on Women
in Beijing, in its non-binding Declaration and Platform for Action, supported the Cairo Programme's definition of reproductive health, but established a broader context of reproductive rights:

The human rights of women include their right to have control over and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality, including sexual and reproductive health, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. Equal relationships between women and men in matters of sexual relations and reproduction, including full respect for the integrity of the person, require mutual respect, consent and shared responsibility for sexual behavior and its consequences [para. 96].[1]

The Beijing Platform demarcated twelve interrelated critical areas of the human rights of women that require advocacy. The Platform framed women's reproductive rights as "indivisible, universal and inalienable human rights."[14] Yogyakarta Principles[edit] The Yogyakarta Principles
Yogyakarta Principles
on the Application of International Human Rights
Rights
Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, proposed by a group of experts in November 2006[15] but not yet incorporated by States in international law,[16] declares in its Preamble that "the international community has recognized the rights of persons to decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality, including sexual and reproductive health, free from coercion, discrimination, and violence." In relation to reproductive health, Principle 9 on "The Right to Treatment with Humanity while in Detention" requires that "States shall... [p]rovide adequate access to medical care and counseling appropriate to the needs of those in custody, recognizing any particular needs of persons on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity, including with regard to reproductive health, access to HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
information and therapy and access to hormonal or other therapy as well as to gender-reassignment treatments where desired."[17] Nonetheless, African, Caribbean and Islamic Countries, as well as the Russian Federation, have objected to the use of these principles as Human
Human
Rights
Rights
standards.[18] State abuses[edit] State abuses against reproductive rights have happened both under right-wing and left-wing governments. Such abuses include attempts to forcefully increase the birth rate - one of the most notorious natalist policies of the 20th century was that which occurred in communist Romania
Romania
in the period of 1967-1990 during communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu, who adopted a very aggressive natalist policy which included outlawing abortion and contraception, routine pregnancy tests for women, taxes on childlessness, and legal discrimination against childless people - as well as attempts to decrease the fertility rate - China's one child policy (1978-2015). State mandated forced marriage was also practiced by authoritarian governments as a way to meet population targets: the Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
regime in Cambodia systematically forced people into marriages, in order to increase the population and continue the revolution.[19] Some governments have implemented eugenic policies of forced sterilizations of 'undesirable' population groups. Such policies were carried out against ethnic minorities in Europe and North America in the 20th century, and more recently in Latin America
Latin America
against the Indigenous population in the 1990s; in Peru, President Alberto Fujimori
Alberto Fujimori
(in office from 1990 to 2000) has been accused of genocide and crimes against humanity as a result of a sterilization program put in place by his administration targeting indigenous people (mainly the Quechuas and the Aymaras).[20] Other[edit] The first legal textbook on reproductive rights law, Cases on Reproductive Rights
Rights
and Justice by Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker, was published in 2015 by Foundation Press.[21] Prohibition of forced sterilization and forced abortion[edit] The Istanbul convention, the first legally binding instrument in Europe in the field of violence against women and domestic violence[22] prohibits forced sterilization and forced abortion:[23]

Article 39 – Forced abortion and forced sterilisation

Parties shall take the necessary legislative or other measures to ensure that the following intentional conducts are criminalised:

a performing an abortion on a woman without her prior and informed consent; b performing surgery which has the purpose or effect of terminating a woman’s capacity to naturally reproduce without her prior and informed consent or understanding of the procedure

Human
Human
rights[edit]

Placard showing positive effects of family planning (Ethiopia)

See also: Human
Human
rights Since most existing legally binding international human rights instruments do not explicitly mention sexual and reproductive rights, a broad coalition of NGOs, civil servants, and experts working in international organizations have been promoting a reinterpretation of those instruments to link the realization of the already internationally recognized human rights with the realization of reproductive rights.[24] An example of this linkage is provided by the 1994 Cairo
Cairo
Programme of Action:

Reproductive rights
Reproductive rights
embrace certain human rights that are already recognized in national laws, international human rights documents and other relevant United Nations
United Nations
consensus documents. These rights rest on the recognition of the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health. It also includes the right of all to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence as expressed in human rights documents. In the exercise of this right, they should take into account the needs of their living and future children and their responsibilities towards the community.[25]

Similarly, Amnesty International
Amnesty International
has argued that the realisation of reproductive rights is linked with the realisation of a series of recognised human rights, including the right to health, the right to freedom from discrimination, the right to privacy, and the right not to be subjected to torture or ill-treatment.[3] However, not all states have accepted the inclusion of reproductive rights in the body of internationally recognized human rights. At the Cairo
Cairo
Conference, several states made formal reservations either to the concept of reproductive rights or to its specific content. Ecuador, for instance, stated that:

With regard to the Programme of Action of the Cairo
Cairo
International Conference on Population
Population
and Development and in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and laws of Ecuador
Ecuador
and the norms of international law, the delegation of Ecuador
Ecuador
reaffirms, inter alia, the following principles embodied in its Constitution: the inviolability of life, the protection of children from the moment of conception, freedom of conscience and religion, the protection of the family as the fundamental unit of society, responsible paternity, the right of parents to bring up their children and the formulation of population and development plans by the Government in accordance with the principles of respect for sovereignty. Accordingly, the delegation of Ecuador
Ecuador
enters a reservation with respect to all terms such as "regulation of fertility", "interruption of pregnancy", "reproductive health", "reproductive rights" and "unwanted children", which in one way or another, within the context of the Programme of Action, could involve abortion.[13]

Similar reservations were made by Argentina, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Malta, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru
Peru
and the Holy See. Islamic Countries, such as Brunei, Djibouti, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen
Yemen
made broad reservations against any element of the programme that could be interpreted as contrary to the Sharia. Guatemala even questioned whether the conference could legally proclaim new human rights.[26] Women's rights[edit] See also: Women’s rights
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Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) advocate for reproductive rights with a primary emphasis on women's rights. In this respect the UN and WHO focus on a range of issues from access to family planning services, sex education, menopause, and the reduction of obstetric fistula, to the relationship between reproductive health and economic status. The reproductive rights of women are advanced in the context of the right to freedom from discrimination and the social and economic status of women. The group Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) explained the link in the following statement:

Control over reproduction is a basic need and a basic right for all women. Linked as it is to women's health and social status, as well as the powerful social structures of religion, state control and administrative inertia, and private profit, it is from the perspective of poor women that this right can best be understood and affirmed. Women know that childbearing is a social, not a purely personal, phenomenon; nor do we deny that world population trends are likely to exert considerable pressure on resources and institutions by the end of this century. But our bodies have become a pawn in the struggles among states, religions, male heads of households, and private corporations. Programs that do not take the interests of women into account are unlikely to succeed...[4]

Women's reproductive rights have long retained key issue status in the debate on overpopulation.[9]

"The only ray of hope I can see – and it's not much – is that wherever women are put in control of their lives, both politically and socially; where medical facilities allow them to deal with birth control and where their husbands allow them to make those decisions, birth rate falls. Women don't want to have 12 kids of whom nine will die." David Attenborough[27]

Attempts have been made to analyse the socioeconomic conditions that affect the realisation of a woman's reproductive rights. The term reproductive justice has been used to describe these broader social and economic issues. Proponents of reproductive justice argue that while the right to legalized abortion[28] and contraception applies to everyone, these choices are only meaningful to those with resources, and that there is a growing gap between access and affordability.[citation needed][29] Men's rights[edit] See also: Men's rights

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Men's reproductive rights have been claimed by various organizations, both for issues of reproductive health, and other rights related to sexual reproduction. Three international issues in men's reproductive health are sexually transmitted diseases, cancer and exposure to toxins.[30] Recently men's reproductive right with regards to paternity have become subject of debate in the U.S. The term "male abortion" was coined by Melanie McCulley, a South Carolina attorney, in a 1998 article. The theory begins with the premise that when a woman becomes pregnant she has the option of abortion, adoption, or parenthood; it argues, in the context of legally recognized gender equality, that in the earliest stages of pregnancy the putative (alleged) father should have the right to relinquish all future parental rights and financial responsibility, leaving the informed mother with the same three options.[31] This concept has been supported by a former president of the feminist organization National Organization for Women, attorney Karen DeCrow.[32] The feminist argument for male reproductive choice contends that the uneven ability to choose experienced by men and women in regards to parenthood is evidence of a state-enforced coercion favoring traditional sex roles.[33] In 2006, the National Center for Men brought a case in the US, Dubay v. Wells (dubbed by some " Roe v. Wade
Roe v. Wade
for men"), that argued that in the event of an unplanned pregnancy, when an unmarried woman informs a man that she is pregnant by him, he should have an opportunity to give up all paternity rights and responsibilities. Supporters argue that this would allow the woman time to make an informed decision and give men the same reproductive rights as women.[34][35] In its dismissal of the case, the U.S. Court of Appeals (Sixth Circuit) stated that "the Fourteenth Amendment does not deny to [the] State the power to treat different classes of persons in different ways."[36] The opportunity to give men the right for a Paper Abortion
Abortion
is heavily discussed. Intersex
Intersex
and reproductive rights[edit] See also: Intersex Intersex, in humans and other animals, is a variation in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, or genitals that do not allow an individual to be distinctly identified as male or female. Such variation may involve genital ambiguity, and combinations of chromosomal genotype and sexual phenotype other than XY-male and XX-female.[37][38] Intersex
Intersex
persons are often subjected to involuntary "sex normalizing" surgical and hormonal treatments in infancy and childhood, often also including sterilization.[39][40][41][42][43] UN agencies have begun to take note. On 1 February 2013, Juan E Mendés, the UN Special
Special
Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, issued a statement condemning non-consensual surgical intervention on intersex people. His report stated, "Children who are born with atypical sex characteristics are often subject to irreversible sex assignment, involuntary sterilization, involuntary genital normalizing surgery, performed without their informed consent, or that of their parents, "in an attempt to fix their sex", leaving them with permanent, irreversible infertility and causing severe mental suffering".[44] In May 2014, the World Health Organization
World Health Organization
issued a joint statement on Eliminating forced, coercive and otherwise involuntary sterilization, An interagency statement with the OHCHR, UN Women, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF. The report references the involuntary surgical "sex-normalising or other procedures" on "intersex persons". It questions the medical necessity of such treatments, patients' ability to consent, and a weak evidence base.[45] The report recommends a range of guiding principles to prevent compulsory sterilization in medical treatment, including ensuring patient autonomy in decision-making, ensuring non-discrimination, accountability and access to remedies.[46] Youth rights and access[edit] Further information: Sex
Sex
education Minors[edit] Further information: Parental consent In many jurisdictions minors require parental consent or parental notification in order to access various reproductive services, such as contraception, abortion, gynecological consultations, testing for STDs etc. The requirement that minors have parental consent/notification for testing for HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
is especially controversial, particularly in areas where the disease is endemic, and it is a sensitive subject.[47][48][49] Balancing minors' rights versus parental rights is considered an ethical problem in medicine and law, and there have been many court cases on this issue in the US.[50] An important concept recognized since 1989 by the Convention on the Rights
Rights
of the Child is that of the evolving capacities of a minor, namely that minors should, in accordance with their maturity and level of understanding, be involved in decisions that affect them.[51] Youth
Youth
are often denied equal access to reproductive health services because health workers view adolescent sexual activity as unacceptable,[52] or see sex education as the responsibility of parents. Providers of reproductive health have little accountability to youth clients, a primary factor in denying youth access to reproductive health care.[52] In many countries, regardless of legislation, minors are denied even the most basic reproductive care, if they are not accompanied by parents: in India, for instance, in 2017, a 17-year-old girl who was rejected by her family due to her pregnancy, was also rejected by hospitals and gave birth in the street.[53] In recent years the lack of reproductive rights for adolescents has been a concern of international organizations, such as UNFPA.[54] Mandatory involvement of parents in cases where the minor has sufficient maturity to understand their situation is considered by health organization as a violation of minor's rights and detrimental to their heath. The World Health Organization
World Health Organization
has criticized parental consent/notification laws:

Discrimination
Discrimination
in health care settings takes many forms and is often manifested when an individual or group is denied access to health care services that are otherwise available to others. It can also occur through denial of services that are only needed by certain groups, such as women. Examples include specific individuals or groups being subjected to physical and verbal abuse or violence; involuntary treatment; breaches of confidentiality and/or denial of autonomous decision-making, such as the requirement of consent to treatment by parents, spouses or guardians; and lack of free and informed consent. [...] Laws and policies must respect the principles of autonomy in health care decision-making; guarantee free and informed consent, privacy and confidentiality; prohibit mandatory HIV testing; prohibit screening procedures that are not of benefit to the individual or the public; and ban involuntary treatment and mandatory third-party authorization and notification requirements."[55]

According to UNICEF: "When dealing with sexual and reproductive health, the obligation to inform parents and obtain their consent becomes a significant barrier with consequences for adolescents’ lives and for public health in general."[56] One specific issue which is seen as a form of hypocrisy of legislators is that of having a higher age of medical consent for the purpose of reproductive and sexual health than the age of sexual consent - in such cases the law allows youth to engage in sexual activity, but does not allow them to consent to medical procedures that may arise from being sexually active; UNICEF
UNICEF
states that "On sexual and reproductive health matters, the minimum age of medical consent should never be higher than the age of sexual consent."[56] Africa[edit] Further information: HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
in Africa

A classroom in South Africa.

Ad promoting abstinence in Ghana: No Sex
Sex
Ad (Anti- HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
― signage). Abstinence-only sex education
Abstinence-only sex education
is a form of sex education that teaches not having sex outside of marriage, most often excluding other types of sexual and reproductive health education, such as birth control and safe sex. Comprehensive sex education, by contrast, covers the use of birth control and sexual abstinence.

Many unintended pregnancies stem from traditional contraceptive methods or no contraceptive measures.[57] Youth
Youth
sexual education in Uganda
Uganda
is relatively low. Comprehensive sex education is not generally taught in schools; even if it was, the majority of young people do not stay in school after the age of fifteen, so information would be limited regardless.[58] Africa
Africa
experiences high rates of unintended pregnancy, along with high rates of HIV/AIDS. Young women aged 15–24 are eight times more likely to have HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
than young men. Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa
is the world region most affected by HIV/AIDS, with approximately 25 million people living with HIV in 2015. Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa
accounts for two-thirds of the global total of new HIV infections.[59] Attempted abortions and unsafe abortions are a risk for youth in Africa. On average, there are 2.4 million unsafe abortions in East Africa, 1.8 million in Western Africa, over 900,000 in Middle Africa, and over 100,000 in Southern Africa
Africa
each year.[57] In Uganda, abortion is illegal except to save the mother's life. However, 78% of teenagers report knowing someone who has had an abortion and the police do not always prosecute everyone who has an abortion. An estimated 22% of all maternal deaths in the area stem from illegal, unsafe abortions.[58] European Union[edit] Over 85% of European women (all ages) have used some form of birth control in their lives.[60] Europeans as an aggregate report using the pill and condoms as the most commonly used contraceptives.[60] Family planning
Family planning
has become prominent throughout the region and most taboos concerning sexuality have been lifted or diminished.[61] Youth sexual and reproductive health centers have been established across most of the region.[61] In Sweden, approximately 80% of girls and 17% of boys have visited these youth centers, which provide all or nearly all services youth need at little to no charge.[61] Sweden
Sweden
has the highest percentage of lifetime contraceptive use, with 96% of its inhabitants claiming to have used birth control at some point in their life.[60] Sweden
Sweden
also has a high self-reported rate of postcoital pill use.[60] A 2007 anonymous survey of Swedish 18-year-olds showed that three out of four youth were sexually active, with 5% reporting having had an abortion and 4% reporting the contraction of an STI.[62] Similar centers exist in Estonia, Finland, and Portugal.[61] Views on sexual practice vary throughout the region. For example, in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(UK), sex among youth is generally looked down upon and seen as a problem in need of solution. In the Netherlands, sex between youth is viewed as normal and therefore not discussed in terms of solutions, but rather in terms of ensuring safe practices. That being said, the UK tends to focus on stopping sexual behavior, while the Netherlands
Netherlands
focuses on building self-esteem and healthy relationships.[61] Latin America[edit] Main article: Reproductive rights
Reproductive rights
in Latin America Latin America
Latin America
has come to international attention due to its harsh anti-abortion laws. Latin America
Latin America
is home to some of the few countries of the world with a complete ban on abortion, without an exception for saving maternal life.[63] In some of these countries, particularity in Central America, the enforcement of such laws is very aggressive: El Salvador and Nicaragua
Nicaragua
have drawn international attention for strong enforcement of their complete bans on abortion. In 2017, Chile relaxed its total ban, allowing abortion to be performed when the woman’s life is in danger, when a fetus is unviable, or in cases of rape.[64] In Ecuador, education and class play a large role in the definition of which young women become pregnant and which do not - 50% of young women who are illiterate get pregnant, compared to 11% of girls with secondary education. The same is true for poorer individuals - 28% become impregnated while only 11% of young women in wealthier households do. Furthermore, access to reproductive rights, including contraceptives, are limited, due to age and the perception of female morality. Health
Health
care providers often discuss contraception theoretically, not as a device to be used on a regular basis. Decisions concerning sexual activity often involve secrecy and taboos, as well as a lack of access to accurate information. Even more telling, young women have much easier access to maternal healthcare than they do to contraceptive help, which helps explain high pregnancy rates in the region.[65] Rates of adolescent pregnancy in Latin America
Latin America
number over a million each year.[65] Jordan[edit] In Jordan, there is essentially no sex education in the school system; even when curriculum includes information about sexual issues, teachers are apt to skim over it, for fear of upsetting parents or being uncomfortable.[58] Youth
Youth
in the country desire comprehensive, correct, and precise information from healthcare providers, although they rarely report experiencing that. Many youth equate reproductive health with maternal health, not recognizing the connections to themselves before pregnancy.[66] Accessibility and availability of clinics in Jordan
Jordan
vary depending on location. Some villagers have a hard time making it to clinics, due to the high cost of transportation and the distance that must be covered. Health
Health
care centers are often overcrowded and understaffed, with limited hours of operation.[58] Youth
Youth
report long wait times and unhygienic conditions at clinics.[66] Personal experiences with health care workers vary, with some youth feeling as though they received disrespectful and unfair treatment.[66] United States[edit] See also: Birth control
Birth control
in the United States Among sexually experienced teenagers, 78% of teenage females and 85% of teenage males used contraception the first time they had sex; 86% and 93% of these same females and males, respectively, reported using contraception the last time they had sex.[67] The male condom is the most commonly used method during first sex, although 54% of young women in the United States rely upon the pill.[67] Young people in the U.S. are no more sexually active than individuals in other developed countries, but they are significantly less knowledgeable about contraception and safe sex practices.[58] As of 2006, only twenty states required sex education in schools - of these, only ten required information about contraception.[58] On the whole, less than 10% of American students receive sex education that includes topical coverage of abortion, homosexuality, relationships, pregnancy, and STI prevention.[58] Abstinence-only education
Abstinence-only education
was used throughout much of the United States in the 1990s and early 2000s.[58] Based upon the moral principle that sex outside of marriage is unacceptable, the programs often misled students about their rights to have sex, the consequences, and prevention of pregnancy and STIs.[58] According to 2006 statistics, one in three people in the U.S. will contract an STI by the age of 24 and by the age of 20, forty percent of women have been pregnant.[58] According to the Center for Disease Control, young people ages 15–24 account for 50% of all new STIs, the most prevalent being HPV
HPV
and chlamydia.[68] Family planning
Family planning
in the United States can be expensive and often not covered by insurance plans.[58] However, effective beginning September 23, 2010, following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, preventative services, including contraception, and STI screenings and counseling, are available to all insured women with no co-pay.[69] In 24 states, legislation was passed that required women who were seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound at least 24 hours before it.[70] In addition to the ultrasound requirement, several states such as Texas have passed legislation requiring facilities that provide abortions to be classified as ambulatory surgery centers, despite the very low rates of abortion complications each year.[71] Many people view this type of legislation as a way to discourage women from getting abortions.[72] The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down Texas’ most recent law that would have reduced the number of facilities able to give abortions to only eight in the state.[73] Lack of knowledge about rights[edit] One of the reasons why reproductive rights are poor in many places, is that the vast majority of the population does not know what the law is. Not only that ordinary people are uninformed, but so are medical doctors. A study in Brazil on medical doctors found considerable ignorance and misunderstanding of the law on abortion (which is severely restricted, but not completely illegal).[74] In Ghana, abortion, while restricted, is permitted on several grounds, but only 3% of pregnant women and 6% of those seeking an abortion were aware of the legal status of abortion.[75] In Nepal, abortion was legalized in 2002, but a study in 2009 found that only half of women knew that abortion was legalized.[76] Many people also do not understand the laws on sexual violence: in Hungary, where marital rape was made illegal in 1997, in a study in 2006, 62% of people did not know that marital rape was a crime.[77] The United Nations
United Nations
Development Programme states that, in order to advance gender justice, "Women must know their rights and be able to access legal systems",[78] and the 1993 UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence
Violence
Against Women states at Art. 4 (d) [...] "States should also inform women of their rights in seeking redress through such mechanisms".[79] Gender equality
Gender equality
and violence against women[edit] Further information: Gender equality, Violence
Violence
against women, Sexual violence, Forced marriage, and Child marriage Addressing issues of gender-based violence is crucial for attaining reproductive rights. The United Nations
United Nations
Population
Population
Fund refers to "Equality and equity for men and women, to enable individuals to make free and informed choices in all spheres of life, free from discrimination based on gender" and "Sexual and reproductive security, including freedom from sexual violence and coercion, and the right to privacy," as part of achieving reproductive rights,[80] and states that the right to liberty and security of the person which is fundamental to reproductive rights obliges states to:[81]

Take measures to prevent, punish and eradicate all forms of gender-based violence Eliminate female genital mutilation/cutting

The WHO states:[82]

"Gender and Reproductive Rights
Rights
(GRR) aims to promote and protect human rights and gender equality as they relate to sexual and reproductive health by developing strategies and mechanisms for promoting gender equity and equality and human rights in the Departments global and national activities, as well as within the functioning and priority-setting of the Department itself."

Amnesty International
Amnesty International
writes that:[83]

Violence
Violence
against women violates women's rights to life, physical and mental integrity, to the highest attainable standard of health, to freedom from torture and it violates their sexual and reproductive rights."

One key issue for achieving reproductive rights is criminalization of sexual violence. If a woman is not protected from forced sexual intercourse, she is not protected from forced pregnancy, namely pregnancy from rape. In order for a woman to be able to have reproductive rights, she must have the right to choose with whom and when to reproduce; and first of all, decide whether, when, and under what circumstances to be sexually active.[84] In many countries, these rights of women are not respected, because women do not have a choice in regard to their partner, with forced marriage and child marriage being common in parts of the world; and neither do they have any rights in regard to sexual activity, as many countries do not allow women to refuse to engage in sexual intercourse when they do not want to (because marital rape is not criminalized in those countries) or to engage in consensual sexual intercourse if they want to (because sex outside marriage is illegal in those countries). In addition to legal barriers, there are also social barriers, because in many countries a complete sexual subordination of a woman to her husband is expected (for instance, in one survey 74% of women in Mali said that a husband is justified to beat his wife if she refuses to have sex with him[85]), while sexual/romantic relations disapproved by family members, or generally sex outside marriage, can result in serious violence, such as honor killings.[86] HIV/AIDS[edit] Further information: HIV/AIDS

Estimated prevalence in % of HIV among young adults (15–49) per country as of 2011.[87]

  No data   <0.10   0.10–0.5   0.5–1

  1–5   5–15   15–50

According to the CDC, "HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. No effective cure exists for HIV. But with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled."[88] HIV amelioration is an important aspect of reproductive rights because the virus can be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy or birth, or via breast milk. The WHO states that: "All women, including those with HIV, have the right “to decide freely and responsibly on the number and spacing of their children and to have access to the information, education and means to enable them to exercise these rights”".[89] The reproductive rights of people living with HIV, and their health, are very important. The link between HIV and reproductive rights exists in regard to four main issues:[89]

prevention of unwanted pregnancy help to plan wanted pregnancy healthcare during and after pregnancy access to abortion services

Child and forced marriage[edit] Main articles: Child marriage
Child marriage
and Forced marriage The WHO states that the reproductive rights and health of girls in child marriages are negatively affected.[90] The UNPF calls child marriage a "human rights violation" and states that in developing countries, one in every three girls is married before reaching age 18, and one in nine is married under age 15.[91] A forced marriage is a marriage in which one or more of the parties is married without his or her consent or against his or her will. The Istanbul convention, the first legally binding instrument in Europe in the field of violence against women and domestic violence,[92] requires countries which ratify it to prohibit forced marriage (Article 37) and to ensure that forced marriages can be easily voided without further victimization (Article 32).[93] Maternal mortality[edit] Main article: Maternal death

Maternal Mortality Rate
Maternal Mortality Rate
worldwide, as defined by the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births from any cause related to or aggravated by pregnancy or its management, excluding accidental or incidental causes.[94]

Maternal death
Maternal death
is defined by the World Health Organization
World Health Organization
(WHO) as "the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes."[95] It is estimated that in 2015, about 303,000 women died during and following pregnancy and childbirth, and 99% of such deaths occur in developing countries.[96] Issues[edit] Cairo
Cairo
Programme of Action implementation[edit] Implementation of the Cairo
Cairo
Programme of Action varies considerably from country to country. In many countries, post-ICPD tensions emerged as the human rights-based approach was implemented. Since the ICPD, many countries have broadened their reproductive health programs and attempted to integrate maternal and child health services with family planning. More attention is paid to adolescent health and the consequences of unsafe abortion. Lara Knudsen observes that the ICPD succeeded in getting feminist language into governments' and population agencies' literature, but in many countries the underlying concepts are not widely put into practice.[12] In two preparatory meetings for the ICPD+10 in Asia and Latin America, the United States, under the George W. Bush Administration, was the only nation opposing the ICPD's Programme of Action.[97] Abortion[edit] Further information: Abortion
Abortion
law According to a study by WHO and the Guttmacher Institute worldwide, 25 million unsafe abortions (45% of all abortions) occurred every year between 2010 and 2014. 97% of unsafe abortions occur in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. By contrast, most abortions that take place in Western and Northern Europe and North America are safe.[98] The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination
Discrimination
against Women considers the criminalization of abortion a "violations of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights" and a form of "gender based violence"; paragraph 18 of its General recommendation No. 35 on gender based violence against women, updating general recommendation No. 19 states that: "Violations of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, such as forced sterilizations, forced abortion, forced pregnancy, criminalisation of abortion, denial or delay of safe abortion and post abortion care, forced continuation of pregnancy, abuse and mistreatment of women and girls seeking sexual and reproductive health information, goods and services, are forms of gender based violence that, depending on the circumstances, may amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment."[99] The same General Recommendation also urges countries at paragraph 31 to [...] In particular, repeal: a) Provisions that allow, tolerate or condone forms of gender based violence against women, including [...] legislation that criminalises abortion".[99] An article from the World Health Organization
World Health Organization
calls safe, legal abortion a "fundamental right of women, irrespective of where they live" and unsafe abortion a "silent pandemic".[100] The article states "ending the silent pandemic of unsafe abortion is an urgent public-health and human-rights imperative." It also states "access to safe abortion improves women’s health, and vice versa, as documented in Romania
Romania
during the regime of President Nicolae Ceaușescu" and "legalisation of abortion on request is a necessary but insufficient step toward improving women’s health" citing that in some countries, such as India where abortion has been legal for decades, access to competent care remains restricted because of other barriers. WHO’s Global Strategy on Reproductive Health, adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2004, noted: “As a preventable cause of maternal mortality and morbidity, unsafe abortion must be dealt with as part of the MDG on improving maternal health and other international development goals and targets." [101] The WHO's Development and Research Training in Human
Human
Reproduction (HRP), whose research concerns people's sexual and reproductive health and lives,[102] has an overall strategy to combat unsafe abortion that comprises four inter-related activities:[101]

to collate, synthesize and generate scientifically sound evidence on unsafe abortion prevalence and practices; to develop improved technologies and implement interventions to make abortion safer; to translate evidence into norms, tools and guidelines; and to assist in the development of programmes and policies that reduce unsafe abortion and improve access to safe abortion and highquality postabortion care

The UN has estimated in 2017 that repealing anti-abortion laws would save the lives of nearly 50,000 women a year.[103] Unsafe abortions take place primarily in countries where abortion is illegal, but also occur in countries where it is legal, but women cannot access it because of various reasons (conscientious objectors among doctors, high prices, lack of knowledge that abortion is legal). Indeed, there are countries where the law is liberal, but in practice it is very difficult to have an abortion, due to most doctors being conscientious objectors.[104][105] The fact that is some countries where abortion is legal it is de facto very difficult to have access to one is controversial; the UN in its 2017 resolution on Intensification of efforts to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls: domestic violence urged states to guarantee access to "safe abortion where such services are permitted by national law".[106] Safe and legal abortion services are often very difficult to access by women from rural areas or from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. In 2008, Human
Human
Rights
Rights
Watch stated that "In fact, even where abortion is permitted by law, women often have severely limited access to safe abortion services because of lack of proper regulation, health services, or political will" and estimated that "Approximately 13 percent of maternal deaths worldwide are attributable to unsafe abortion—between 68,000 and 78,000 deaths annually."[107] When negotiating the Cairo
Cairo
Programme of Action at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the issue was so contentious that delegates eventually decided to omit any recommendation to legalize abortion, instead advising governments to provide proper post-abortion care and to invest in programs that will decrease the number of unwanted pregnancies.[108] On April 18, 2008 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a group comprising members from 47 European countries, adopted a resolution calling for the decriminalization of abortion within reasonable gestational limits and guaranteed access to safe abortion procedures. The nonbinding resolution was passed on April 16 by a vote of 102 to 69.[109] During and after the ICPD, some interested parties attempted to interpret the term ‘reproductive health’ in the sense that it implies abortion as a means of family planning or, indeed, a right to abortion. These interpretations, however, do not reflect the consensus reached at the Conference. For the European Union, where legislation on abortion is certainly less restrictive than elsewhere, the Council Presidency has clearly stated that the Council’s commitment to promote ‘reproductive health’ did not include the promotion of abortion.[110] Likewise, the European Commission, in response to a question from a Member of the European Parliament, clarified: “The term ‘reproductive health’ was defined by the United Nations (UN) in 1994 at the Cairo
Cairo
International Conference on Population
Population
and Development. All Member States of the Union endorsed the Programme of Action adopted at Cairo. The Union has never adopted an alternative definition of ‘reproductive health’ to that given in the Programme of Action, which makes no reference to abortion.”[111] With regard to the U.S., it should be noted that, only a few days prior to the Cairo
Cairo
Conference, the head of the U.S. delegation, Vice President Al Gore, had stated for the record: “Let us get a false issue off the table: the US does not seek to establish a new international right to abortion, and we do not believe that abortion should be encouraged as a method of family planning.”[112] Some years later, the position of the U.S. Administration in this debate was reconfirmed by U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Ellen Sauerbrey, when she stated at a meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women that: “nongovernmental organizations are attempting to assert that Beijing in some way creates or contributes to the creation of an internationally recognized fundamental right to abortion”.[113] She added: “There is no fundamental right to abortion. And yet it keeps coming up largely driven by NGOs trying to hijack the term and trying to make it into a definition”.[114] Collaborative research from the Institute of Development Studies states that "access to safe abortion is a matter of human rights, democracy and public health, and the denial of such access is a major cause of death and impairment, with significant costs to [international] development".[115] The research highlights the inequities of access to safe abortion both globally and nationally and emphasises the importance of global and national movements for reform to address this. The shift by campaigners of reproductive rights from an issue-based agenda (the right to abortion), to safe, legal abortion not only as a human right, but bound up with democratic and citizenship rights, has been an important way of reframing the abortion debate and reproductive justice agenda.[115] Meanwhile, the European Court of Human
Human
Rights
Rights
complicated the question even more through a landmark judgment (case of A. B. and C. v. Ireland), in which it is stated that the denial of abortion for health and/or well-being reasons is an interference with an individuals right to respect for private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human
Human
Rights, an interference which in some cases can be justified. Population
Population
control[edit] See also: Population
Population
control

Nicolae Ceaușescu, Romanian communist leader, enacted one of the most infamous natalist policies of the 20th century

A community bulletin board in Nonguang Village, Sichuan province, China, keeping track of the town's female population, listing recent births by name and noting that several thousand yuan of fines for unauthorized births remain unpaid from the previous year.

A desire to achieve certain population targets has resulted throughout history in severely abusive practices, in cases where governments ignored human rights and enacted aggressive demographic policies. In the 20th century, several authoritarian governments have sought either to increase or to decrease the births rates, often through forceful intervention. One of the most notorious natalist policies is that which occurred in communist Romania
Romania
in the period of 1967-1990 during communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu, who adopted a very aggressive natalist policy which included outlawing abortion and contraception, routine pregnancy tests for women, taxes on childlessness, and legal discrimination against childless people. Ceaușescu's policy resulted in over 9,000 women who died due to illegal abortions,[116] large numbers of children put into Romanian orphanages
Romanian orphanages
by parents who couldn't cope with raising them, street children in the 1990s (when many orphanages were closed and the children ended on the streets), and overcrowding in homes and schools. The irony of Ceaușescu's aggressive natalist policy was a generation that may not have been born would eventually lead the Romanian Revolution
Romanian Revolution
which would overthrow and have him executed.[117] In stark opposition with Ceaușescu's natalist policy was China's one child policy, in effect from 1978 to 2015, which included abuses such as forced abortions.[118] This policy has also been deemed responsible for the common practice of sex selective abortion which led to an imbalanced sex ratio in the country.[119] From the 1970s to 1980s, tension grew between women's health activists who advance women's reproductive rights as part of a human rights-based approach on the one hand, and population control advocates on the other.[120] At the 1984 UN World Population Conference in Mexico City population control policies came under attack from women's health advocates who argued that the policies' narrow focus led to coercion and decreased quality of care, and that these policies ignored the varied social and cultural contexts in which family planning was provided in developing countries. In the 1980s the HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
epidemic forced a broader discussion of sex into the public discourse in many countries, leading to more emphasis on reproductive health issues beyond reducing fertility. The growing opposition to the narrow population control focus led to a significant departure in the early 1990s from past population control policies.[121] In the United States, abortion opponents have begun to foment conspiracy theories about reproductive rights advocates, accusing them of advancing a racist agenda of eugenics, and of trying to reduce the African American
African American
birth rate in the U.S.[122] Female genital mutilation[edit]

Prevalence of FGM

Female genital mutilation
Female genital mutilation
(FGM) is defined as "all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."[123] The procedure has no health benefits, and can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, cysts, infections, and complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.[123] It is performed for traditional, cultural or religious reasons in many parts of the world, especially in Africa. The Istanbul Convention prohibits FGM (Article 38).[124] Bride kidnapping
Bride kidnapping
or buying and reproductive slavery[edit]

The painting depicts a Chilean woman being kidnapped during a malón.

Main articles: Bride kidnapping
Bride kidnapping
and Bride price Bride kidnapping
Bride kidnapping
or marriage by abduction, is the practice whereby a woman or girl is abducted for the purpose of a forced marriage. Bride kidnapping has been practiced historically in many parts of the world, and it continues to occur today in some places, especially in Central Asia and the Caucasus, in countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Armenia, as well as in Ethiopia.[125][126][127][128] Bride kidnapping
Bride kidnapping
is often preceded or followed by rape (which may result in pregnancy), in order to force the marriage - a practice also supported by "marry-your-rapist law" (laws regarding sexual violence, abduction or similar acts, whereby the perpetrator avoids prosecution or punishment if he marries the victim[129]). Abducting of women may happen on an individual scale or on a mass scale. Raptio
Raptio
is a Latin term referring to the large-scale abduction of women, usually for marriage or sexual slavery, particularity during wartime. Bride price, also called bridewealth, is money, property, or other form of wealth paid by a groom or his family to the parents of the woman he marries. The practice of bride price sometimes leads to parents selling young daughters into marriage and to trafficking.[130][131] Bride price
Bride price
is common across Africa.[132] Such forced marriages often lead to sexual violence, and forced pregnancy. In northern Ghana, for example, the payment of bride price signifies a woman's requirement to bear children, and women using birth control are at risks of threats and coercion.[133] The 1956 Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery
Slavery
defines "institutions and practices similar to slavery" to include:[134] c) Any institution or practice whereby:

(i) A woman, without the right to refuse, is promised or given in marriage on payment of a consideration in money or in kind to her parents, guardian, family or any other person or group; or (ii) The husband of a woman, his family, or his clan, has the right to transfer her to another person for value received or otherwise; or (iii) A woman on the death of her husband is liable to be inherited by another person;

Sperm donation[edit] Further information: Sperm donation
Sperm donation
and Sperm donor limitation by country Laws in many countries and states require sperm donors to be either anonymous or known to the recipient, or the laws restrict the number of children each donor may father. Although many donors choose to remain anonymous, new technologies such as the Internet and DNA technology have opened up new avenues for those wishing to know more about the biological father, siblings and half-siblings. Compulsory sterilization[edit]

A map from a 1929 Swedish royal commission report displays the U.S. states that had implemented sterilization legislation by then

Main article: Compulsory sterilization See also: Chemical castration and Eugenics Roma women[edit] Further information: Roma people During the 20th century, forced sterilization of Roma women in European countries, especially in former Communist countries, was practiced,[135][136] and there are allegations that these practices continue unofficially in some countries, such as Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.[137][138] In V. C. vs. Slovakia, the European Court for Human
Human
Rights
Rights
ruled in favor of a Roma woman who was the victim of forced sterilization in a state hospital in Slovakia
Slovakia
in 2000.[139] United States[edit] An individual’s sterilization is one of the main issues behind the reproductive rights that are being ignored by those who believe that they have a right to decide whether certain people are "fit" to have children. The mental stability of an individual and the physical defects that an individual might have played an important role in the beginnings of forced sterilization. Individuals were afraid that these defects were hereditary and wanted to put a stop to it before society became incompetent. Although there are numerous operations which may render one sterile, vasectomy in the male and salpingectomy in the female are considered the least radical. Neither operation is considered dangerous.[140] The laws of the states in which sterilization is practiced vary. Numerous provisions have been made both by the United States and by individual states for limiting the number of degenerates in this country. The creation of voluntary programs such as Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood
(presented the use of abstinence and contraceptives as forms of controlling the population growth) were introduced to help families control their birth rate.[141] Sterilization has long been a controversial topic in the United States. Up through the 1970s, states could choose which women were allowed the procedure and which women were not eligible. This strategy proved repressive, both for women who wished to become sterilized and were not granted the right, as well as for women who had no choice but to become sterilized[who?]. Then, as today, sterilization was a form of birth control highly sought after by some women. However, until the 1960s, it was illegal for women to become sterilized for reasons other than eugenics, which meant sterilization as birth control was illegal. This left many women with highly legitimate reasons for sterilization unable to receive the procedure. It also meant most women who were undergoing the procedure were getting it for non-birth control reasons and not by choice.[142] Additionally, both compulsory and coercive sterilization have become constitutional issues because some argue that it violates an individual’s ‘right to procreate’. In 1972, Eisenstadt v. Baird set the precedent: “the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted government intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision to bear or beget a child”. Yet, sterilization is still being used in court sentencing for both men and women in cases involving child abuse and/or neglect, drug abuse, and other criminal activity. The relationship between reproductive rights and sterilization is also visible in hospital settings where doctors have been documented as ordering women, namely low-income women of color, to consent to sterilization or have their birthing services withheld.[143][144][145] Canada[edit] Canada recently took the initiative in assisting women seeking abortions globally, as on Wednesday March 8, 2017, International Women's Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $650 million advocacy program.[146] The move came following the United States of America cutting its budget for reproductive Health
Health
and Family
Family
Planning in the developing world. Under the previous Obama Government, the United States had pause a policy that withheld funding for abortions and sexual health resources globally.[147] However, under the Trump administration, the policy was reinitiated, as it had been under previous Republican governments.[147] The program sees Canada become a worldwide leader in women’s rights initiatives, as it assists in advocacy for safe, and legal abortions in Nations that currently prohibit them. Abortion
Abortion
is currently illegal in an estimated 125 nations.[146] Trudeau and the Liberal Government of Canada emphasized that this money will assist in developing support groups globally to challenge the legislation within these nations to enforce women’s rights. According to the Canadian Government the primary focus of the foreign aid strategy is "removing judicial and legal barriers to the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive health and rights".[146] The strategy aims to reduce unsafe abortions and educate individuals on contraception and family planning. The move illustrated a push to assist women globally after a shift in gender lenses has become more prevalent. Advocacy groups have recently rallied to make global standards move inclusive for women in recent years, and the move by the Canadian Government only emphasized this more. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau emphasized that society needs to "apply a feminist lens", and to advocate for parity amongst genders.[147] However, the implementation of the program holds potential to be heavily criticized globally, as nations such as Africa
Africa
consist of primarily conservative governments, with heavily religious investment. Christian and Islamic groups heavily influence these governments, and are exceptionally anti-abortion under religious code.[146] Yearly, "21.6 million women experience a unsafe abortion worldwide", with over 18.5 million of these occurring in developing nation.[148] These staggering figures led to many individuals expressing support for the new Canadian Governments plan, stating that "it comes at a critical moment, when the world is seeing the clawing back of hard-won women’s rights in many countries".[146] Prime Minister Trudeau emphasized his personal support with regards to stopping the high mortality rate saying that "Far too many women and girls, unsafe abortions and lack of choices in reproductive health mean that they either are at risk of death or else simply cannot contribute and cannot achieve their full potential”"[146] Internally, Canadian political parties were at odds with the nature of the policy and the allocation of funds from the budget. NDP representative Hélène Laverdière stated that her party is pleased with the initiative, but feel that the amount of money is not enough to have a major impact. Contrarily, Conservative party representative Karen Vecchio, expressed displeasure with the decision, stating that they would rather see the money invested on home soil towards Indigenous women.[146] Roman Catholic Church[edit] Further information: Roman Catholicism in Latin America

Central America
Central America
has very strict anti-abortion laws, and El Salvador has come to international attention due to its forceful enforcement.[149][150][151]

The Catholic Church
Catholic Church
is opposed to artificial contraception, abortion, and sexual intercourse outside marriage.[152] This belief dates back to the first centuries of Christianity.[153][154] While Roman Catholicism is not the only religion with such views, its religious doctrine is very powerful in influencing countries where most of the population is Catholic, and the few countries of the world with complete bans on abortion are Catholic-majority countries,[63] and in Europe strict restrictions on abortion exist in the Catholic majority countries of Malta
Malta
(complete ban), Ireland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein and to a lesser extent Poland and Monaco. Some of the countries of Central America, notably El Salvador, have also come to international attention due to very forceful enforcement of the anti-abortion laws.[155][156] El Salvador
El Salvador
has received repeated criticism from the UN. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human
Human
Rights
Rights
(OHCHR) named the law "one of the most draconian abortion laws in the world", and urged liberalization,[149] and Zeid bin Ra'ad, the United Nations
United Nations
High Commissioner for Human
Human
Rights, stated that he was "appalled that as a result of El Salvador’s absolute prohibition on abortion, women are being punished for apparent miscarriages and other obstetric emergencies, accused and convicted of having induced termination of pregnancy".[150] Criticisms[edit] Some opponents of legalized abortion view the term "reproductive rights" as a euphemism to sway emotions in favor of abortion. National Right to Life has referred to "reproductive rights" as a "fudge term" and "the code word for abortion rights."[157] See also[edit]

Abortion African-American Women for Reproductive Freedom Antinatalism Asexual reproduction Birth control Birth control
Birth control
movement in the United States The Center for Reproductive Rights Decreţei Eugenics Feminism Human
Human
overpopulation Human
Human
sexuality Ipas (organization) Men's movement Morning-after pill

NARAL Pro-Choice America National Organization for Women One-child policy Paper Abortion Parental leave Planned Parenthood Pledge two or fewer (campaign for smaller families) Reproductive coercion Reproductive Health
Health
Supplies Coalition Roe v. Wade Sex
Sex
and the law Tax on childlessness Timeline of reproductive rights legislation Women's movement The Yogyakarta Principles

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We have been leaders in bringing arguments for a woman's right to choose abortion within the rubric of international human rights. However, there is no binding hard norm that recognizes women's right to terminate a pregnancy. (...) While there are hard norms prohibiting sex discrimination that apply to girl adolescents, these are problematic since they must be applied to a substantive right (i.e., the right to health) and the substantive reproductive rights of adolescents are not `hard' (yet!). There are no hard norms on age discrimination that would protect adolescents' ability to exercise their rights to reproductive health, sexual education, or reproductive decisionmaking. In addition, there are no hard norms prohibiting discrimination based on marital status, which is often an issue with respect to unmarried adolescents' access to reproductive health services and information. The soft norms support the idea that the hard norms apply to adolescents under 18. They also fill in the substantive gaps in the hard norms with respect to reproductive health services and information as well as adolescents' reproductive autonomy. (...) There are no hard norms in international human rights law that directly address HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
directly. At the same time, a number of human rights bodies have developed soft norms to secure rights that are rendered vulnerable by the HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
epidemic. (...) Practices with implications for women's reproductive rights in relation to HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
are still not fully covered under existing international law, although soft norms have addressed them to some extent. (...) There is a lack of explicit prohibition of mandatory testing of HIV-positive pregnant women under international law. (...) None of the global human rights treaties explicitly prohibit child marriage and no treaty prescribes an appropriate minimum age for marriage. The onus of specifying a minimum age at marriage rests with the states' parties to these treaties. (...) We have to rely extensively on soft norms that have evolved from the TMBs and that are contained in conference documents to assert that child marriage is a violation of fundamental human rights.

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Our goal is to ensure that governments worldwide guarantee women's reproductive rights out of an understanding that they are bound to do so. The two principal prerequisites for achieving this goal are: (1) the strengthening of international legal norms protecting reproductive rights; and (2) consistent and effective action on the part of civil society and the international community to enforce these norms. Each of these conditions, in turn, depends upon profound social change at the local, national and international (including regional) levels. (...) Ultimately, we must persuade governments to accept reproductive rights as binding norms. Again, our approach can move forward on several fronts, with interventions both at the national and international levels. Governments' recognition of reproductive rights norms may be indicated by their support for progressive language in international conference documents or by their adoption and implementation of appropriate national-level legislative and policy instruments. In order to counter opposition to an expansion of recognized reproductive rights norms, we have questioned the credibility of such reactionary yet influential international actors as the United States and the Holy See. Our activities to garner support for international protections of reproductive rights include: Lobbying government delegations at UN conferences and producing supporting analyses/materials; fostering alliances with members of civil society who may become influential on their national delegations to the UN; and preparing briefing papers and factsheets exposing the broad anti-woman agenda of our opposition.

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External links[edit]

Organizations

The League of Women Voters on Reproductive Choice UNFPA
UNFPA
Population
Population
Issues: Reproductive Rights American Civil Liberties Union Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights
Rights
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Further readings

Gebhard, Julia, Trimiño, Diana. Reproductive Rights, International Regulation, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law Reproductive rights
Reproductive rights
cases before the European Court of Human
Human
Rights The Environmental Politics of Population
Population
and Overpopulation A University of California, Berkeley summary about the role of reproductive rights in the current political and ecological context Introductory note by Djamchid Momtaz, procedural history note and audiovisual material on the Proclamation of Teheran in the Historic Archives of the United Nations
United Nations
Audiovisual Library of International Law Murray, Melissa and Kristin Luker. Cases on Reproductive Rights
Rights
and Justice. United States: Foundation Press, 2015. ISBN 978-1609304348.

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Sexual and reproductive

Abortion Family
Family
planning Freedom from involuntary female genital mutilation Intersex
Intersex
human rights LGBT rights Reproductive health Right to sexuality

Violations

Corporal punishment

War and conflict

Civilian Combatant Freedom from genocide Prisoner of war War rape

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Reproductive health

Rights

Compulsory sterilization Contraceptive
Contraceptive
security Genital
Genital
integrity

Circumcision controversies Genital
Genital
modification and mutilation Intersex

Education

Genetic counseling Pre-conception counseling Sex
Sex
education

Planning

Assisted reproductive technology Birth control Childfree/Childlessness Parenting

Adoption Childbirth Foster care

Reproductive life plan Safe sex

Health

Men's Women's

Vulvovaginal

Research

Self-report sexual risk behaviors

Pregnancy

Abortion Maternal health Obstetrics Options counseling Pregnancy
Pregnancy
from rape Pregnant patients' rights Prenatal care Teenage pregnancy Preteen pregnancy Unintended pregnancy

Medicine

Andrology Genitourinary medicine Gynaecology Obstetrics
Obstetrics
and gynaecology Reproductive endocrinology and infertility Sexual medicine

Disorder

Disorders of sex development Infertility Reproductive system disease Sexual dysfunction Sexually transmitted infection

Clinic

By country

China India Iran Ireland Pakistan Philippines Singapore United Kingdom

Teen

United States

Teen pregnancy Birth control

History

Birth control
Birth control
movement in the United States History of condoms Social hygiene movement Timeline of reproductive rights legislation

Policy

One-child policy Two-child policy Financial

Baby bonus Bachelor tax Birth credit Child benefit Tax on childlessness

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Global human population

Major topics

Biocapacity Optimum population Overpopulation

Malthusian catastrophe

Population Population
Population
ethics Population
Population
momentum Sustainable development Women's reproductive rights Zero population growth

Biological and related topics

Family
Family
planning

Pledge two or fewer

Human
Human
population planning

One-child policy Two-child policy

Population
Population
biology Population
Population
decline Population
Population
density

Physiological density

Population
Population
dynamics Population
Population
growth Population
Population
model Population
Population
pyramid Projections of population growth

Human
Human
impact on the environment

Deforestation Desalination Desertification Environmental impact

of agriculture of aviation of biodiesel of concrete of electricity generation of the energy industry of fishing of irrigation of mining of off-roading of oil shale industry of palm oil of paper of the petroleum industry of reservoirs of shipping of war

Industrialisation Land degradation Land reclamation Overconsumption Pollution Quarrying Urbanization

Loss of green belts Urban sprawl

Waste Water scarcity

Overdrafting

Population ecology

Carrying capacity Deep ecology Earth's energy budget Food security Habitat destruction I = P × A  × T Malthusian growth model Overshoot (population) World energy consumption World energy resources World3 model

Literature

A Modest Proposal Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, etc. An Essay on the Principle of Population "How Much Land Does a Man
Man
Need?" Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth Population
Population
Control: Real Costs, Illusory Benefits The Limits to Growth The Population
Population
Bomb The Skeptical Environmentalist The Ultimate Resource

Publications

Population
Population
and Environment Population
Population
and Development Review

Lists

Population
Population
and housing censuses by country Metropolitan areas by population Population
Population
milestone babies

Events and organizations

7 Billion Actions International Conference on Population
Population
and Development Population
Population
Action International Population
Population
Connection Population
Population
Matters Population
Population
Research Institute United Nations
United Nations
Population
Population
Fund Voluntary Human
Human
Extinction Movement World Population
Population
Day World Population
Population
Foundation

Related topics

Classic Maya collapse Fertility and intelligence Green Revolution Holocene extinction Migration

Commons Human
Human
overpopulation Human
Human
activities with impact on the environment Human
Human
migration

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Lists of countries by population statistics

Global

Current population Current population (United Nations)

(Sub-)Continents

Africa Asia Europe North America

Caribbean

Oceania South America

Intercontinental

Americas Arab world Commonwealth of Nations Eurasia European Union Islands Latin America Middle East

Cities/urban regions

National capitals Cities proper Metropolitan areas Urban areas Megacities Megalopolises

Past and future

Past population (United Nations) Past and future population 1 1000 1500 1600 1700 1800 1900 1907 1939 1989 2000 2005 2010 Future population

Population
Population
density

Current density Current real density based on food growing capacity

Growth indicators

Population
Population
growth rate Natural increase Birth rate Mortality rate Fertility rate

Other demographics

Age at first marriage Divorce rate Ethnic and cultural diversity level Foreign-born population Immigrant population Linguistic diversity Median age Net migration rate Number of households Sex
Sex
ratio Urban population Urbanization

Health

Antiviral medications for pandemic influenza HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
adult prevalence rate Infant and under-five mortality rates Life expectancy Percentage suffering from undernourishment Health
Health
expenditure covered by government Suicide rate Total health expenditure per capita Body Mass Index (BMI)

Education and innovation

Bloomberg Innovation Index Education Index International Innovation Index Innovation Union Scoreboard Literacy rate Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies Progress in International Reading Literacy Study Student skills Tertiary education attainment Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study Women's average years in school World Intellectual Property Indicators

Economic

Development aid given

Official Development Assistance received

Employment rate Irrigated land area Human
Human
Development Index

by country inequality-adjusted

Human
Human
Poverty Index Imports Income equality Job security Labour force Number of millionaires (US dollars) Number of billionaires (US dollars) Percentage living in poverty Public sector Sen social welfare function Unemployment rate

List of international rankings List of top international rankings by countr

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