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Here to Stay: The Evolution of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in International Human Rights Law

Department of Transboundary Legal Studies, University of Groningen, 9712EA Groningen, The Netherlands
Received: 8 May 2018 / Revised: 18 July 2018 / Accepted: 3 August 2018 / Published: 7 August 2018
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Sexual and reproductive health and rights have increasingly been recognized in the international arena, but their evolution and the definition of their scope and content have not been received without controversy. From population control to human rights, from demographers’ competence to governmental prerogative, from couples’ rights to universal rights, this article will present an overview of the evolution of sexual and reproductive rights in the international arena. The development of these rights cannot be read in isolation but must be analyzed together with the broader landscape that hosts social and political movements, ideologies, religions, and revolutions. Understanding sexual and reproductive health and rights as historical creations, rather than timeless givens, enables us to devise historically informed instruments and policies that are more likely to succeed. This article contributes to the scholarly literature by providing an overview of past trends and of the conditions under which they occurred. Retracing the history of these rights enables us to clarify the scope of the state’s obligations to realize the right to sexual and reproductive health, to improve monitoring opportunities, and to ensure accountability for violations. This article explores these (and forthcoming) developments contributing to identify the existing obligations, the relevant actors, and the challenges that lie ahead. View Full-Text
Keywords: international human rights law; abortion; sexual and reproductive rights; family planning; right to health; reproductive health; reproductive rights; women’s rights; gender international human rights law; abortion; sexual and reproductive rights; family planning; right to health; reproductive health; reproductive rights; women’s rights; gender
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Berro Pizzarossa, L. Here to Stay: The Evolution of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in International Human Rights Law. Laws 2018, 7, 29.

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