The right to an abortion is not a standalone right. It depends upon people also having other human rights: to health, to equality, to privacy and to live free from violence and discrimination. That’s why Ipas works with diverse partners toward a world where all human rights—including sexual and reproductive rights—are respected, protected and fulfilled.
Restrictive abortion laws violate women’s rights, including the right to life, to health, to equality, to privacy, and to live free from discrimination. We advocate within the United Nations’ human rights bodies and other systems—at the global, regional and national levels—to advance abortion rights in international agreements, programs of action, and human rights jurisprudence. Our experts around the world are uniquely positioned to bring evidence and firsthand experience to present at international discussions about human rights and abortion.
At the national level in countries around the world, we work within partnerships and coalitions to hold governments accountable to their human rights obligations. For example, in Nicaragua, where abortion is banned entirely, we advocate with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to recommend that the government repeal the ban and uphold its citizens’ rights.
How we do it: Ensuring abortion rights are part of human rights
We asked Bia Galli, Ipas senior policy and advocacy advisor, for a look into how Ipas works alongside partners to advocate for reproductive justice in global human rights discussions—and how that can spur governments to take action.
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In the next six months, the Supreme Court is set to rule in a case aimed directly at dismantling the constitutional protections established by Roe. Given the realities of a conservative Supreme Court and gridlock in Congress, executive branch leadership and support of abortion is critical,” writes Ipas President and CEO, Dr. Anu Kumar in The Hill.