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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Reproductive Rights

Gila Stopler

Subject(s):
Dignity and autonomy of individuals — Equality — Right to life
1. The concept of ‘reproductive rights’ appears in very few of the world’s constitutions and even in constitutions where it does appear it is neither defined nor elaborated on. However, a definition of reproductive rights which has been influential in determining their scope on the international level, and has also affected the way states perceive of them, can be found in the 1994 Cairo Program of Action, which states: reproductive rights embrace certain human rights that are already recognized in national laws, international human rights documents and other...
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