n South African Journal on Human Rights - Access to safe abortion as a human right in the African region : lessons from emerging jurisprudence of UN treaty-monitoring bodies
|Article Title||Access to safe abortion as a human right in the African region : lessons from emerging jurisprudence of UN treaty-monitoring bodies|
|© Publisher:||Juta Law Publishing|
|Journal||South African Journal on Human Rights|
|Affiliations||1 University of Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||399 - 428|
|Keyword(s)||Abortion, Citizenship, Discrimination, Equality, Gender, Health, Human rights and Women|
ISI Social Science
Each year, unsafe abortion causes the death of thousands of women, rendering them seriously ill and disabling many more in the African region. Highly restrictive abortion law is a major causative factor. Among United Nations (UN) treaty-monitoring bodies, there is a growing, albeit incremental, recognition of access to safe abortion services as a human right. Against the backdrop of abortion regimes that impede access to safe abortion in the African region, this article takes critical stock of the contribution that UN treaty-monitoring bodies are making towards the development of jurisprudence that conceives access to abortion as a human right. Its main focus is on critically appraising three decisions made by UN treaty-monitoring bodies, namely, KL v Peru; LMR v Argentina; and LC v Peru under Optional Protocols and drawing lessons for the African region.
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