Reproductive Health and Human Rights: Integrating Medicine, Ethics, and Law

Paperback | June 3, 2003

byRebecca J. Cook, Bernard M. Dickens, Mahmoud F. Fathalla

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The concept of reproductive health promises to play a crucial role in improving women's health and rights around the world. It was internationally endorsed by a United Nations conference in 1994, but remains controversial because of the challenge it presents to conservative agencies: itchallenges policies of suppressing public discussion on human sexuality and regulating its private expressions. Reproductive Health and Human Rights is designed to equip healthcare providers and administrators to integrate ethical, legal, and human rights principles in protection and promotion ofreproductive health, and to inform lawyers and women's health advocates about aspects of medicine and healthcare systems that affect reproduction. Rebecca Cook, Bernard Dickens, and Mahmoud Fathalla, leading international authorities on reproductive medicine, human rights, medical law, and bioethics, integrate their disciplines to provide an accessible but comprehensive introduction to reproductive and sexual health. They analyse fifteencase-studies of recurrent problems, focusing particularly on resource-poor settings. Approaches to resolution are considered at clinical and health system levels. They also consider kinds of social change that would relieve the underlying conditions of reproductive health dilemmas. Supporting theexplanatory chapters and case-studies are extensive resources of epidemiological data, human rights documents, and research materials and websites on reproductive and sexual health. In explaining ethics, law, and human rights to healthcare providers and administrators, and reproductive health to lawyers and women's health advocates, the authors explore and illustrate limitations and dysfunctions of prevailing health systems and their legal regulation, but also proposeopportunities for reform. They draw on the values and principles of ethics and human rights recognized in national and international legal systems, to guide healthcare providers and administrators, lawyers, governments, and national and international agencies and legal tribunals. Reproductive Health and Human Rights will be an invaluable resource for all those working to improve services and legal protection for women around the world. Updates to this book, and information on translations to French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Arabic are now available at www.law.utoronto.ca/faculty/cook/ReproductiveHealth.html

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The concept of reproductive health promises to play a crucial role in improving women's health and rights around the world. It was internationally endorsed by a United Nations conference in 1994, but remains controversial because of the challenge it presents to conservative agencies: itchallenges policies of suppressing public discussi...

Rebecca J. Cook and Bernard M. Dickens are both with the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. Mahmoud Fathalla is at Assiut University, Egypt.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 3, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199241333

ISBN - 13:9780199241330

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Foreword1. Introduction and OverviewI: Reproductive and Sexual Health: Medical, Ethical, and Legal Principles2. Reproductive and Sexual Health3. Health Care Systems4. Ethics5. Legal Origins and Principles6. Human Rights Principles7. Implementation of Legal and Human Rights PrinciplesPart II: Reproductive and Sexual Health: Application of Medical, Ethical, and Legal PrinciplesA. OVERVIEWB. CASE STUDIES: FROM PRINCIPLE TO PRACTICE1. Female genital cutting (circumcision/mutilation)2. An adolescent girl seeking sexual and reproductive health care3. Sexual assault and emergency contraception4. Hymen reconstruction5. A request for medically assisted reproduction6. Involuntary female sterilization7. Counselling and caring for an HIV positive woman8. HIV drug research and testing9. Responding to a request for pregnancy termination10. Prenatal and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis for risk of dysgenic inheritance11. Sex selection abortion12. Treating a woman with an incomplete abortion13. Confidentiality and unsafe abortion14. Domestic violence15. A maternal deathPart III: Reproductive Health and Sexual Health: Data, Basic Documents, and SourcesIndex