Reproductive rights rest on the recognition of the human rights of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, and timing of their children, to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of reproductive health.
Accelerate Progress, sexual and reproductive health and righs for all: report of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission 2018
Just as universal access to health services is a vital part of ensuring good sexual and reproductive health outcomes, so too is the need for people to be able to exercise their reproductive autonomy.
Reproductive autonomy is important for all of us. However it is especially important for the welfare of women given the essential role of the woman in child-bearing.
Marie Stopes Australia sees first-hand what happens when a woman is not in control of her reproductive autonomy. This is why we have developed a draft White Paper on Reproductive Coercion.
Call for Participation
The draft White Paper is directed at researchers, policy-makers, family violence and sexual assault response agencies, healthcare advocates and providers and any individual or organisation that has an interest in gender equality and reproductive rights.
Over the coming months, Marie Stopes Australia will seek further input into the draft White Paper with a view to releasing the final version in late October 2018.
The second stage of consultation will conclude on 17 August 2018.