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Right to abortion care may be one step closer to reality for African women

In order to narrow the gap between the promise and realization of African women’s right to reproductive health care, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights adopted General Comment No. 2 last year, releasing it online earlier this month. The document was drafted under the guidance of Commissioner Soyata Maiga, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa, with technical support from the Ipas Africa Alliance and input from numerous reproductive rights and legal experts throughout the region. Through this General Comment, the commission provided guidance on how governments can interpret and implement articles of the protocol that guarantee women the right to obtain abortions, as well as the right to control their fertility, to decide whether and when to have children, and to access contraception, family planning education, and health services.
Authors: Likimani, Naisola, Patty Skuster
Year: 2015

Languages: English

Regions: Africa

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Topics: Human Rights, Media/PR

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