UN official: government must block 'retrogressive' efforts to restrict abortion access
October 04, 2012
The UN’s human-rights commissioner has argued that governments have a responsibility to prevent “retrogressive measures” regarding abortion—in other words, efforts to restrict legal abortion in countries where the practice is legal.
Navanethem Pillay called for changes in all laws that restrict full access to “sexual and reproductive health services,” and urged governments to resist any pressure to allow any new restrictions. The UN official also said that governments should ensure that pro-life activists do not stop women from procuring abortions, saying that states must “protect against interference with sexual and reproductive health rights by third parties.”