UN official calls to respect reproductive rights in crises

Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau

UNITED NATIONS, 26th Sept. UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health Tlaleng Mofokengon Monday called Member States must ensure the right to sexual and reproductive health without discrimination, in humanitarian crises.

The experts warned of an “exacerbated” risk of violations of sexual and reproductive health rights in situations of emergency, humanitarian or conflict settings.

They said that women and girls are vulnerable to serious harm, urged countries to ensure access to modern contraceptive methods including emergency contraception, and access to legal and safe abortion.

They called for training for healthcare providers on safe abortion and aftercare, where resources are limited.

The experts hailed the “decriminalization of abortion in some countries”.

Mexico’s Supreme Court abolished all federal criminal penalties for abortion and ruled that national laws prohibiting it were unconstitutional.

According to WHO, to ensure women and girls have access to safe, respectful and non-discriminatory abortion care is fundamental to meeting the SDGs to good health and well-being as well as gender equality.

WHO has said that while contraceptive services are fundamental to health and human rights, over 200 million women in developing regions have an unmet need for contraception.

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