Published January, 2011
The Rights to Contraceptive Information and Services for Women and Adolescents, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Center for Reproductive Rights (2011)
(Abstract Provided by the Publisher)
This briefing paper examines the right to access contraceptive information and services for women and adolescents. It provides practical guidance for activists, scholars, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, governments and other actors working in the area of sexual and reproductive health to integrate human rights into programmes and policies on contraceptive information and services.
The paper assesses the benefits of contraceptive access, lays out the human rights framework underpinning this right, identifies the normative elements of this right, and provides an overview of how to apply a human rights-based approach to the provision of contraceptive information and services.
Women's and adolescents' right to contraceptive information and services is grounded in basic human rights. The Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development recognized "the right of men and women to be informed and to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice." Additionally, the Committee on the Rights of the Child has indicated that "States parties should provide adolescents with access to sexual and reproductive information, including on family planning and contraceptives, the dangers of early pregnancy, the prevention of HIV and the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)."
Applying a human rights-based approach to the provision of contraceptive information and services can facilitate state fulfillment of these obligations and promote the full realization of women's and adolescents' fundamental rights.
Copyright Information: CHLP encourages the broad use and sharing of resources. Please credit CHLP when using these materials or their content. and do not alter, adapt or present as your work without prior permission from CHLP.
Legal Disclaimer: CHLP makes an effort to ensure legal information is correct and current, but the law is regularly changing, and the accuracy of the information provided cannot be guaranteed. The legal information in a given resource may not be applicable to all situations and is not—and should not be relied upon—as a substitute for legal advice.