According to the Washington Post (link), the UN's population fund report has stated that legal, cultural and financial barriers that prevent access to contraception and family planning are an infringement of a woman's human rights.
One of the most powerful tools a woman has with regard to making choices about her own life is contraception. The decision about when and whether to have children is an incredibly important one and impacts all areas of our lives. In many areas of the western world it is easy to take for granted such rights. However, there are still countries, such as the USA, where access to contraception is a political issue (USA today) and even in the UK there is a variation in access to some contraceptive services (reproductive health matters).
While the report goes some way to highlighting the issue, the unfortunate reality is that it has no legal effect and probably little will be done in response to the statements.
Excellent article about the erosion of women's rights to choice over their own bodies and reproductive health in the USA. I should point out that a couple of the facts in the article seem to involve a bit of selective cherry picking (I think the first point about the legislation requiring a foetus to be carried to term even when still born stands, but allowances are made when the health of the pregnant mother might be severely impaired) so look into each of the points for yourselves. However, the points are valid with regard to choosing what happens to our bodies.
Since when does the fact I have a uterus and am capable of reproduction affect my rights? Apparently, as soon as I want to control whether I have children or not or if I actually become pregnant. It is horrifying that these type of bills are even under debate in the US. Women have as much right to bodily integrity as men. Should it be necessary to have to point this out?
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