Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Is Consent of the Husband Needed for an Abortion in India?

Is Consent of the Husband Needed for an Abortion in India?

The Indian Supreme Court on 27th October, 2017 in the case of Anil Kumar Malhotra v. Ajay Pasricha, dismissed a man’s petition who was seeking damages from his wife as...
Conservative Mobilization in Latin America and its Impacts on Women’s and Adolescents’ Human Rights

Conservative Mobilization in Latin America and its Impacts on Women’s and Adolescents’ Human Rights

  In the last decade, Brazil has experienced a dramatic change in the disputes between pro and anti abortion groups. A similar process of backlash to gender rights is happening...
The Irish Referendum and the Road to Safe, Legal Abortion

The Irish Referendum and the Road to Safe, Legal Abortion

The Irish government has now announced that it will hold a referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment in 2018. Inserted in the Constitution in 1983, the 8th protects a constitutional...
When The Law is Not Enough: International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

When The Law is Not Enough: International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

On February 6, UN International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the international community will condemn FGM. Who would disagree that FGM (the partial or total removal...
Legalization of Abortion on Three Grounds in Chile

Legalization of Abortion on Three Grounds in Chile

After having a full abortion ban for over 100 years and the lowest maternal mortality rate in Latin America, Chile created three non-punishable exceptions to its abortion ban in September...
Production, reproduction and empowerment: the future of women in Africa

Production, reproduction and empowerment: the future of women in Africa

Many women in Africa are congregated in poorly paid and precarious work (ILO, 2016) and have very high rates of school dropout and maternal mortality and child morbidity. This is...
Menstruation, the Right to Education and India’s Positive Obligations

Menstruation, the Right to Education and India’s Positive Obligations

The link between menstruation and the goals of gender justice is a complicated one- whether it is the debate surrounding the controversial first-day-of-period leave introduced by some offices or challenges...
Abortion, Autonomy And The Deep Blue Sea: The Supreme Court’s Decision In R (On The Application Of A And B) v Secretary Of State For Health

Abortion, Autonomy And The Deep Blue Sea: The Supreme Court’s Decision In R (On The Application Of A And B) v Secretary Of State For Health

The question in this case was whether the Secretary of State, who had power to make provision for the functioning of the NHS in England, was legally obliged to make...
The DUP’s Worrying Human Rights Record

The DUP’s Worrying Human Rights Record

As talks between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) continue in the UK, the DUP’s positions on human rights are of general interest. Although the Conservative Party...
About Abortion (with Carol Sanger)

About Abortion (with Carol Sanger)

Since the 1973 Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade, abortion has been legal in the United States. But terminating pregnancy remains a controversial issue, and it plays a surprisingly...
Re-victimizing Victims of Sexual Assault: UK Child Benefit Laws

Re-victimizing Victims of Sexual Assault: UK Child Benefit Laws

In the last few years, the UK has been relentlessly pursuing austerity measures and drastically reducing welfare expenditure. Today, as part of this trend, the government has restricted access to...
Emerging concerns for human rights in childbirth: Imposed evidenced-based care as obstetric violence?

Emerging concerns for human rights in childbirth: Imposed evidenced-based care as obstetric violence?

Pregnancy and childbirth can trigger the violation of a number of rights including bodily and psychological integrity, equality, dignity, and privacy. This concern is particularly relevant when women are funnelled...

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