Edited by Martha F. Davis, Morten Kjaerum and Amanda Lyons
Chapter 26: Human rights and abortion access for people living in poverty: implications for the United States and globally
This chapter examines the potential impact of human rights on constitutional and other national legal protections for reproductive rights of people living in poverty, using the United States as a point of inquiry._In the U.S., as elsewhere globally, poverty disproportionately impacts marginalized communities, including women and girls, people of color, immigrants, and people with disabilities. For people with marginalized identities, discrimination and poverty are often inter-related, threatening multiple rights at once and leaving them more vulnerable to poor reproductive health outcomes and violations of their reproductive rights._Yet, U.S. constitutional law offers limited protection for people living in poverty to access reproductive health care, particularly abortion. Using abortion access in the U.S. as a case study, this chapter seeks to identify opportunities for future research to evaluate where and how a human rights-based approach to litigation and supportive advocacy can advance a more holistic jurisprudential approach to reproductive rights.
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