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Reimagining Global Abortion PoliticsA Social Justice Perspective$
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Fiona Bloomer, Claire Pierson, and Sylvia Estrada Claudio

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447340430

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447340430.001.0001

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International interventions

International interventions

(p.69) Five International interventions
Reimagining Global Abortion Politics

Fiona Bloomer

Claire Pierson

Sylvia Estrada Claudio

Policy Press

International organisations play a role in challenging restricted access to abortion in national contexts. This chapter considers the use of human rights treaties and an analysis of how access to reproductive health is impacted in situations of conflict and humanitarian crisis. The role of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), is considered with reference to the case study of the Philippines. This case study illustrates how access to contraception provided a driver for legal action in a setting where access to abortion was severely restricted and how a post abortion care policy has provided an alternative way to deal with unsafe abortion. The impact of the Global Gag rule, which has restricted funding from the US to those working on reproductive health around the world, is explored. The case study of the IPPF organisation and its work on humanitarian issues provides insight into the challenges faced in providing reproductive health services in settings where resources are extremely limited.

Keywords:   international interventions, human rights, humanitarian crisis, CEDAW, Philippines, contraception, post abortion care, Global Gag rule, reproductive health, IPPF

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