Right to health and to the benefits of scientific progress

All persons have a right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, which includes the underlying determinants of health and access to sexual health care for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all sexual concerns, problems and disorders.

Right to health and to the benefits of scientific progress can be used to campaign:

  • Programmes that provide the highest possible quality in health care
  • Comprehensive health care services, including:

– Access to all methods of fertility regulation including safe abortion
– Diagnosis and treatment for infertility and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS

  • Pregnancy and infertility counselling that empowers people to make their own decisions based on information impartially presented
  • Sexual and reproductive health care services that are:

– comprehensive
– accessible, both financially and geographically
– private and confidential
– respectful of the dignity and comfort of the service user

  • The availability of appropriate pregnancy, confinement and post-natal services, including adequate nutrition during pregnancy and lactation
  • Paid maternity leave or maternity leave with adequate social security benefits
  • Sexual and reproductive health services that respect client rights to information, choice, privacy, dignity, continuity of service, access, safety, confidentiality, comfort and to express views on the services offered
  • Access to the benefits of all available reproductive health technology, including newer methods of contraception, abortion, and infertility treatment, provided those technologies are safe and acceptable
  • The provision of information on any harmful effects of reproductive health care technology
  • “Use it or lose it” patent provisions that encourage companies to maximize the use of technologies they have developed
  • Gender-sensitive medical research

  • Traditional practices that are harmful to health; e.g. female genital mutilation
  • Working conditions that do not protect health and safety, or that are potentially harmful to the function of reproduction
  • Restrictive abortion laws, especially where continuing the pregnancy would be harmful for the physical or mental health of the woman
  • The withholding of access to safe and acceptable reproductive technologies
star People with disabilities have the right to access high quality sexual and reproductive health care services tailored to their special needs, including the easily understood language used by medical personnel.