Banning abortion and contraception infringes women’s right to health, UN assembly hears

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 31 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7046
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Countries should decriminalise abortion, the supply of all forms of contraception, voluntary sterilisation, and the provision of information on sexual and reproductive health to fully ensure the right to health, the United Nations General Assembly has been told.

Anand Grover, special rapporteur for the UN Human Rights Council, presented his interim report on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health on 24 October. The report argues that the right to sexual …

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