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  Reproductive rights - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Reproductive rights” is largely perceived as being synonymous with the “pro-choice” position, which states that abortion should be a legal option for any pregnant woman.
Members of the reproductive rights movement also believe that reproductive rights are human rights, and as such men and women should be granted affordable access to contraception, as well as education about contraception and sexually transmitted infections, and freedom from coerced sterilization and contraception.
Supporters of reproductive rights often take the position that such principles fall within the context of the right to privacy, or freedom from governmental interference, supporting legalized contraception and abortion.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Reproductive_rights   (238 words)

 PDHRE: Reproductive Health
The human right to access to education and information, in particular relating to family planning to enable couples and individuals to exercise their right to decide freely and responsibly all matters of reproduction and sexuality.
"Reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes.
Implicit in this last condition are 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, as well as other methods of their choice for regulation of fertility...
www.pdhre.org /rights/reproductive_health.html   (1222 words)

 Reproductive rights - Salon
The administration's recent moves to weaken reproductive rights range from the declaration of "Human Sanctity of Life Day" (Jan. 20), to a steady stream of presidential appointments to posts with influence on reproductive-rights issues.
She points out that the Roe vs. Wade decision relied largely on the constitutional right to privacy, which, prior to its application in Roe, had been cited in other landmark rulings that had significant implications for reproductive rights.
One's legal right to privacy was the crux of the court's decisions in Griswold vs. Connecticut and Eisenstadt vs. Baird, which guaranteed access to birth control regardless of marital status.
dir.salon.com /story/mwt/feature/2003/01/22/choice/index.html   (941 words)

 WHRnet Issue - Sexual and Reproductive Rights
The term “reproductive rights” emerged to refer to human rights related to reproductive health, and in a broader way, human rights pertaining to human reproduction, including rights that are undermined in the context of population development policies.
Although these rights are not specified as such in any of international legal instruments of human rights, they are implicit in all of them and are defined in a range of non-treaty human rights declarations and action platforms.
Different international treaties form the basis for recognition and protection of sexual and reproductive rights, because they include protection of such fundamental rights as the right to life, to health, and to equality and non-discrimination, to personal integrity and freedom from violence, which are at the core of these rights.
www.whrnet.org /docs/issue-sexualrights.html   (2089 words)

 Times & Seasons » Reproductive Rights   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Reproductive freedom is more foundational than we had remembered — it’s the second prong in the right to privacy.
Right now women are not responsible when it comes to getting pregnant because they know they can always force a guy to support her once she has a baby.
Because they’re not claiming that their reproductive right is so strong as to require a dead baby, they can argue that only a woman’s “bodily integrity” allows a dead baby, but the right to “reproductive autonomy” is sufficient to allow them to refuse non-body parental duties.
www.timesandseasons.org /?p=2981   (4888 words)

 2005: A Dramatic Year for Women's Reproductive Rights   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
A woman's right to control her reproductive life came even more intensely in focus during 2005 as controversial Supreme Court nominations and important legal challenges moved to the forefront.
In 2005 women's reproductive rights advocates sought protection against harmful state and federal laws in a handful of important cases.
NOW opposes such legislation because a "person" has specific rights under the United States constitution, and establishing that fetuses are "persons" is part of a long-term strategy by abortion rights opponents to bring fetal rights into direct competition with those of the mother and to eventually to have abortion legally defined as murder.
www.now.org /nnt/spring-2006/reprorights.html   (2458 words)

 Reproductive Rights and Social Policy, Civil Liberties
CLPP's stand is an unfortunate result of conflicting "rights", with the "right" to adopt winning out over the right of a mother to keep her own child.
It could be your daughter or granddaughter who is pressured into surrendering her parental rights when all she really needs is some temporary assistance and moral support in order to keep her child and prevent a life-time of suffering from an unnecessary loss that is unacknowledged by society.
But there are countries which support women in the right to keep their children, such as Australia and Sweden, where mothers are counseled to keep their children to prevent the harm that comes from separating them.
www.adoption-articles.com /reproductive_rights.htm   (928 words)

 FHI - Reproductive Rights/Human Rights
This article serves as the introduction to a human rights report that explores the ways in which people become the instruments of state policies that deprive them of the knowledge and information necessary to make and implement decisions about their reproduction and to express their sexuality safely.
This article uses the example of reproductive health and rights to argue that new understandings of the connection between socioeconomic conditions and poor health will generate change only when they are reframed into political claims and pressed by social movements.
A human rights analysis of cases in which women are mistreated and abused while seeking reproductive health care from public health care providers in Peru.
www.fhi.org /en/RH/Pubs/booksReports/cairoconsensus/rrandhr.htm   (2268 words)

 Reproductive Rights and Refugees   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
A host of resources on refugee reproductive rights exists, but the fact remains that not many health care providers take time out of their busy schedules to look at these websites to increase their awareness of the issues.
This page aims to address the reproductive rights, both legal rights and human rights, that refugees are entitled to, yet are often systematically denied of.
The aim is to bring awareness to the national issue of refugee reproductive rights and why their rights are so often denied.
www.trincoll.edu /~jmartha/reproductive_rights_and_refugees.htm   (253 words)

 AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: Using the 'C' Word
The big reproductive rights story for 2006 is as much about contraception as it is about abortion.
Clinton's stance served two tactical purposes: One was to scuttle the notion that Dems favor "abortion on demand." The other was to shift the locus of the debate from abortion to reproductive rights, in general.
To re-emphasize the right of a woman to choose her own medical care and to freely obtain contraception.
www.alternet.org /rights/30436   (1032 words)

 AlterNet: Racism and Reproductive Rights
Silvia Henriquez, executive director of the Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and member of the steering committee, predicts that the focus on reproductive rights as part of a broader context will attract substantial numbers of Hispanic women.
Ross made sure to invite the many unseen organizations and advocates who have historically fought for reproductive justice in communities of color, as well as dozens of organizations from the antipoverty and antiracist movements, and those who work on HIV/AIDS, environmental justice, immigrants' rights, violence against women and criminal justice issues.
"This collective supports women's right to have an abortion, but we've got to recognize that reproductive justice means the right to have a child as well as the right not to have a child.
www.alternet.org /story.html?StoryID=18501   (833 words)

 Legal Momentum
Instead of ending our efforts to protect women’s health and rights, that ruling galvanized us, leading to the enactment in 1994 of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, 18 U.S.C. The FACE law, as it is known, has led to a drastic decline in clinic harassment and violence.
Legal Momentum has repeatedly joined forces with other groups to support poor women’s right to choose when and whether to have children, both by defending Medicaid funding for abortion, and by fighting “child exclusion” policies that deny welfare benefits when women choose to have children.
As the Supreme Court becomes more hostile to abortion rights in particular, Legal Momentum is taking the lead in making the case – in legal briefs, and to the public – that legal abortion is essential to women’s equality.
legalmomentum.org /legalmomentum/inthecourts/reproductive_rights   (1212 words)

 Welcome to GoLive CyberStudio
The right to knowledge and education for all family members, concerning sexuality and reproduction that is age, culture, and gender appropriate.
The right of Two Spirited women, their partners, and their families to live free from persecution or discrimination based on their sexuality and/or gender, and the right to enjoy the same human, political, social, legal, economic, religious, tribal, and governmental rights and benefits afforded all other indigenous women.
The right to give birth and be attended to in the setting most appropriate, be it home, community, clinic, or hospital, and to be able to choose the support system for our births, including, but not limited to, Traditional Midwives, Families, and community members.
www.nativeshop.org /pro-choice.html   (1012 words)

 Choike - Sexual and reproductive rights
The term "reproductive rights" is relatively recent: it was coined during the International Meeting on Women and Health in Amsterdam (1984).
This conference produced a major change in human rights theory, with the recognition -promoted by women- that human rights are to be enjoyed both in public and in private life, and are thus vulnerable to violations in both spheres.
The Beijing platform for action is the most comprehensive document produced by a United Nations conference on the issue of women's rights, as it incorporates the achievements of previous conferences and treaties, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the CEDAW (Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women), and the Vienna Declaration.
www.choike.org /nuevo_eng/informes/1197.html   (3537 words)

 Welfare Reform and Reproductive Rights:
In fact, reproductive rights really means being able to have as many or as few children as you want—it is in your control.
Both the welfare rights movement and the reproductive rights movement are under attack by those who would deny women the right to control our bodies, the right to make decisions for our children, and the right to achieve economic independence in ways that honor our intelligence and desires.
Three of these groups are reproductive rights groups, two are multi-issue women’s groups, and three are welfare rights organizations.
www.fwhc.org /tanf.htm   (2577 words)

 Reproductive Rights Blog
Eric and I were discussing this, and he postulated that perhaps if the man had more involvement in the reproductive decision-making, perhaps the man wouldn't have murdered the women.
So any men's rights would have to be applied before the child is born - even contracts about child support are generally unenforceable (see: best interests of the child), as fans of the Fed-Ex divorce will have read.
She writes that "choice' doesn't even cut it when it comes to reproductive rights, but that "pro-life" is just unacceptable.
cara.typepad.com /reproductive_rights_blog   (3192 words)

 Reproductive and Sexual Rights / IPS Inter Press Service
BUENOS AIRES - Cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of women in sexual and reproductive health services in Argentina, often accepted as normal by doctors, nurses and even patients, is being closely examined by a network of organisations determined to stamp out these practices.
exual and reproductive health and rights, along with women's empowerment, have been acknowledged worldwide as essential elements in promoting poverty alleviation and moving towards sustainable development.
The involvement of men, especially young men, as active participants in understanding and thus accepting and promoting women's and men's reproductive rights, is thought to be crucial to the successful outcome of population policies and programmes
ipsnews.net /indepth/sex_rights/index.asp   (668 words)

 WOMEN-CHILE: Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Now!
Since then, several international conventions have safeguarded sexual and reproductive health as an integral part of human rights, and they were definitively enshrined at the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994) and at the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995).
However, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) are all legally binding, and have not been fully met by this country.
A second attempt was made four years later, when a new constitutional guarantee of sexual and reproductive rights was included in a draft law to reform the Constitution.
www.ipsnews.net /news.asp?idnews=32408   (1170 words)

 American Civil Liberties Union   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project protects everyone's right to make informed decisions free from government interference about whether and when to become a parent.
Learn more about our work in reproductive health and take action to protect rights guaranteed to all Americans.
CINCINNATI - The American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America today asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to uphold a lower court ruling striking down Michigan’s third attempt at a dangerous and extreme ban on abortion.
www.aclu.org /ReproductiveRights/ReproductiveRightslist.cfm?c=148   (1238 words)

 American Civil Liberties Union : Reproductive Freedom
Voters in South Dakota repealed a ban on virtually all abortions in that state, and California and Oregon both defeated ballot initiatives aimed at dangerously restricting teens’ access to abortion.
Courts have made it clear that being incarcerated doesn’t mean a woman gives up her right to have an abortion any more than it means that she gives up her right to bear a child.
Reproductive Rights Groups Ask Appeals Court to Uphold Ruling Striking Down Michigans Third Attempt at a Dangerous and Extreme B (10/26/2006)
www.aclu.org /ReproductiveRights/ReproductiveRightsMain.cfm   (929 words)

 Reproductive Rights 2000: Moving Forward
A woman's ability to plan her reproductive life depends upon her having access to the full range of contraceptive methods, provided in a setting in which she may make an informed choice.
Education is a prerequisite for fulfilling the right to reproductive health.
Education enables young people to obtain information that they can use to exercise and protect a range of interests and rights, including their sexual and reproductive rights.
www.reproductiverights.org /pub_bo_rr2k.html   (505 words)

 Columns: Reproductive rights are for men too
Women may have been at the forefront of the privacy rights fight in recent times, but both sexes have an equal interest in keeping these protections sturdy.
Historically, when governments have usurped control over the procreation of their citizenry they have done so against women and men, and have asserted all sorts of social interests along the way - not just protection for the unborn.
In light of history and our current appreciation for basic human rights, the decision to have a child or not, must stay in the personal realm, beyond the ability of any branch of government to reach.
www.sptimes.com /2004/01/11/Columns/Reproductive_rights_a.shtml   (878 words)

 Health Hippo: Reproductive Rights
Wade (U.S. January 22, 1973) (The Court held that a woman's right to an abortion fell within the right to privacy (recognized in Griswold v.
Reproductive Health Services (U.S. July 3, 1989) (Due Process Clause did not require states to enter into the business of abortion; State's interest in protecting potential life could come into existence before the point of viability)
Casey (U.S. June 29, 1992) (whether a state abortion regulation has the purpose or effect of imposing an "undue burden," which is defined as a "substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion before the fetus attains viability.")
hippo.findlaw.com /hipporep.html   (1736 words)

 reproductive rights | media girl (mediagirl.org)
More than a few believe homosexual Americans should be afforded fewer rights on the basis of their sexual orientation.
And women are not responsible for controlling the reactions of some men to the presence of breasts, women don't have to don burqas for the sake of these men or to bind their breasts, either....
In other words, they smacked her down for being so uppity as to think that she had the right to be there.
mediagirl.org /tags/reproductive-rights   (2177 words)

 UUA Programs & Services: Social Justice
By affirming the inherent worth and dignity of every person, the right of individual conscience, and respect for human life, our tradition continues to support the choices of women, men, and families, providing tolerance and compassion even when those choices may differ from our own.
Threats to women and their rights are happening everyday in Congress and in the Courts.
The inherent worth and dignity of every person, the right of individual conscience, and respect for human life as inalienable rights due every person; and the personal right to choose in regard to contraception and abortion as an important aspect of these right.
www.uua.org /programs/justice/issues_reproductivehealth.html   (1051 words)

 Attack on reproductive rights deepens
Reproductive-rights advocates in New York speculate that Pataki, who has supported abortion rights in the past, is swinging to the right as preparation for a presidential bid in 2008.
Santorum emphatically asserted that he does not believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to contraceptive methods under “the right to privacy” argument used in Griswold and subsequent cases.
Just as the reactionary forces are trying to defeat reproductive rights on many fronts, the pro-choice movement must defend the broad range of rights for women.
www.workers.org /2005/us/reproductive-rights-0818   (489 words)

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