The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

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In accordance with article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, created in 1948, American citizens are entitled to, "the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and wellbeing of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services..." (Universal Declaration of Human Rights). This declaration also goes on to give a special mention to mothers and children, and their need for additional assistance. With this in mind, states commonly have many health policies to protect these human rights described in the above declaration. However, some states go against this declaration by restricting access to certain health services, namely abortion, on the basis of moral, political, or religious objection. In the following pages the topic of reproductive rights will be broached, and the associated cases that are centered on both sides of the issue will be discussed. While most health related policies and laws aim to protect the health of women, some serve to impede access to health services and cause harm to women through a lack of access to care. The issue of women 's autonomy and ability to make their own reproductive decisions has been a polarizing subject since the dawn of the women 's rights movement. One of the landmark cases for reproductive rights is Roe v. Wade, in which an unmarried pregnant woman brought a class action suit against the state of Texas ' abortion laws which made it a criminal offense
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