31 October 2018

UN Human Rights Committee affirmed that access to abortion and prevention of maternal mortality are Human Rights

On 30 October, the UN Human Rights Committee has adopted its General Comment on the Right to Life. It affirms that abortion is a human right and preventable maternal deaths violate the right to life which begins at birth.

“This is an important affirmation that will provide strong support for our global advocacy, litigation, and research that defines and enforces abortion as a fundamental human right,” said Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “The General Comment on the Right to Life provides the international community a much-needed framework to hold governments accountable for the high rates of death and injury which occur when women are forced to seek out unsafe abortions”. 

The United Nations Human Rights Committee’s General Comment on the Right to Life can be found here.