Rights experts urge lawmakers to abide by the Women’s Convention — Global Issues

The UN Commission on Women’s Rights said the US is one of only seven countries in the world that is not party to the international treaty protecting women’s human rights, including their right to sexual and reproductive health.

“The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) urges the United States of America to abide by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women in order to respect, protect and protect the human rights of women and women , fulfill and promote. girls,” the commission said in a statement.

CEDAW noted that although the US signed the treaty in 1980, it has not yet ratified it.

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UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet described the US Supreme Court ruling to bring down the Roe v Wade as “a huge blow to women’s human rights and gender equality

The commission reiterated its call on States parties to lift sanctions against women who undergo abortion and to legalize abortion – at least in cases of rape, incest, threats to the life or health of the pregnant woman, and in the case of severe fetal impairment.

“With 189 States Parties, the CEDAW treaty is the only near-universal treaty that fully protects women’s human rightsincluding their sexual and reproductive health rights,” the statement said.

Articles of protection

The UN-appointed panel specifically drew attention to Article 16, which “protects women’s rights to freely and responsibly decide the number and spacing of their children,” adding that unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal death.

They also explained that under Article 12, the right to health includes physical autonomy and includes the sexual and reproductive freedoms of women and girls.

Freedom to choose

Access to safe and legal abortion and to quality post-abortion care, especially in cases of complications from unsafe abortions, helps reduce maternal mortality, prevent adolescent and unwanted pregnancies and ensure women’s right to make free decisions about their bodies .

The commission has repeatedly emphasized that denying access to safe and legal abortion “seriously limits women’s ability to exercise their reproductive freedom, and that forcing women to carry a pregnancy to full-term pregnancy, mental and physical suffering amounting to gender-based violence against women and, in certain circumstances, torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, in violation of the CEDAW Convention.”

The UN-appointed committee reiterated its determination to uphold the human rights of women and girls around the world and “will not shy away from this mandate, especially with regard to access to safe and legal abortion for all women”.

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Protesters demonstrate against the US Supreme Court decision to criminalize women’s right to abortion.

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