Reproductive health rights of adolescents and young people

Reproductive health rights refer to those rights specific to personal decision making and behaviour, including access to reproductive health information and services with guidance provided by trained health professionals.

Reproductive health rights of adolescents and young people

  • The right to information and education about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services.
  • The right to decide freely and responsibly on all aspects of one's sexual behaviour.
  • The right to own, control, and protect one's own body.
  • The right to be free of discrimination, coercion and violence in one's sexual decisions and sexual life.
  • The right to expect and demand equality, full consent and mutual respect in sexual relationships.
  • The right to the full range of accessible and affordable SRH services regardless of sex, creed, belief, marital status or location.

These services include:

  • Contraception information, counselling and services
  • Prenatal, postnatal and delivery care
  • Healthcare for infants
  • Prevention and treatment of reproductive tract infections (RTIs)
  • Safe abortion services as permitted by law, and management of abortion-related complications
  • Prevention and treatment of infertility
  • Emergency services.
Last modified: Monday, 21 July 2014, 5:01 PM