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International migrants' right to sexual and reproductive health care.

  • Academic Journal
  • Chen YYB; Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics [Int J Gynaecol Obstet] 2022 Apr; Vol. 157 (1), pp. 210-215. Date of Electronic Publication: 2022 Mar 03.
  • English
  • International migration puts people's sexual and reproductive health (SRH), particularly those of women and children, at increased risk. However, many international migrants are denied access to timely and adequate SRH information, goods, and services by governments and/or service providers. This article reviews relevant international human rights treaties to argue that the barriers faced by migrants in accessing SRH care constitute violations of international law. It is well established that migrants are guaranteed access to SRH care as a part of their right to health, as well as the rights enjoyed by vulnerable populations. Increasingly, hindrance of migrants' access to SRH care is also recognized as a threat to their rights to life and equality with non-migrants. The case of Toussaint v Canada illustrates how governments may be held accountable by human rights treaty monitoring bodies when they fail to respect and fulfill migrants' right to SRH care.
    (© 2022 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.)
Additional Information
Publisher: Wiley Country of Publication: United States NLM ID: 0210174 Publication Model: Print-Electronic Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 1879-3479 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 00207292 NLM ISO Abbreviation: Int J Gynaecol Obstet Subsets: MEDLINE
Publication: 2017- : Malden, MA : Wiley
Original Publication: [New York, NY] Hoeber Medical Division, Harper & Row, [c1969-
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Keywords: health care access; international migrants; migrant women; non-discrimination; right to life; sexual and reproductive health and rights
Date Created: 20220221 Date Completed: 20220324 Latest Revision: 20220531

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