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Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2006 Jun;20(3):299-309. Epub 2006 Mar 24.

What is the relevance of women's sexual and reproductive rights to the practising obstetrician/gynaecologist?

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Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of British Columbia, 317-2194, Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3, Canada.


Women's sexual and reproductive rights are an integral part of daily practice for obstetricians/gynaecologists and the key to the survival and health of women around the world. Women's sexual and reproductive health is often compromised because of infringements of their basic human rights, not the lack of medical knowledge. Understanding the relevance of respecting and promoting sexual and reproductive rights is critical for providing current standards of care, and includes access to information and care, confidentiality, informed consent and evidence-based practice. The violation of women's rights in their daily lives through common problems such as gender-based violence and discrimination results in serious consequences for their health. Obstetricians/gynaecologists are natural advocates for women's health, yet may be lacking in their understanding of relevant laws or the limits of conscientious objection. This chapter outlines the framework for sexual and reproductive rights, and explores its relevance to the practising clinician.

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