Refusal of care is quickly becoming a battleground issue for the abortion rights movement and was a main topic of discussion at the recent Abortion and Reproductive Justice Conference in South Africa. Reclaiming the concept of conscience in reproductive health is crucial to combating this dangerous and unethical practice.
Reproductive rights advocates have noted an increase in the use of conscientious objection by health providers to deny abortions to those who need or want them. In August 2017, IWHC and our partner MYSU brought together global experts to tackle this emerging human rights issue.
Many girls in developing countries start their periods uninformed, unprepared, scared, and ashamed, according to a new literature review. They need more support in understanding and handling menstruation.
Women’s rights are under attack around the globe. A recent victory can shed light on how to fight back.
When it comes to putting sexuality education into action, collaboration between schools and civil society organizations can be key.
Even in countries that permit abortion, women still face barriers to receiving abortion services because many health providers claim conscientious objection and refuse to provide it.