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Title: Women's Reproductive Health Rights: The Rule of Law and Public Health Considerations in Repealing the Criminal Laws on Abortion in the Republic Suriname
Authors: Castelen, Milton Andy
Advisor: Cook, Rebecca J.
Department: Law
Keywords: abortion
reproductive health rights
reproductive health law
reproductive health
women's rights
right to health
crime and punishment approach
human rights
right to life
rule of law
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
criminal law
constitutional law
Convention on the Rights of the Child
American Convention on Human Rights
Issue Date: 12-Jan-2010
Abstract: Within the Surinamese jurisdiction the Constitution grants women the right to health and imposes a legal duty on the state to facilitate the realization of this right. Also treaty law, in particular, the ICESCR article 12 and the CEDAW article 12 grant women the right to the highest attainable standard of health and the right to non-discriminatory access to healthcare. But due to the criminal law applicable to abortion women lack non-discriminatory access to reproductive healthcare and therefore do not enjoy the highest attainable standard of pregnancy related health. Despite its decision not to enforce the abortion prohibiting criminal laws, Suriname remains in a state of failure to comply with its legal duties as imposed by the Constitution and treaty law. This, due to the state’s reluctance to repeal the criminal laws on abortion and its failure to enact effective health regulations to facilitate women in need of an abortion.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18236
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