Reproductive rights in the practice of international human rights bodies: crystallizing differences of the standards of review (using the example of access to abortion)



Legal regulation of access to abortion in the context of fundamental human rights and freedoms is one of the most controversial issues related to reproductive rights. The article examines the differences in the approaches of international human rights bodies to this problem, as they are reflected in the position of the European Court of Human Rights in the case “M.L. vs Poland” and in the Concluding Observations of the UN Human Rights Committee on the US report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966. In this context, some assessments are made of the prospects for the consideration of the case “Beatriz and Others vs El Salvador” by the Inter- American Court of Human Rights.


reproductive rights; access to abortion; right to private and family life; European Court of Human Rights; Human Rights Committee; Inter-American Court of Human Rights; standards of international review

DOI: DOI: 10.31249 /iajpravo/2024.02.09

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