In the ICPD Programme of Action, Reproductive Health (or RH) is described as ‘the complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters related to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes.’ Reproductive health therefore implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, and that they have the capability to reproduce, and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so. Implicit in this last condition is the right of all people to be informed about and have access to safe, effective, affordable, and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice, including the full range of contraceptives and safe and legal abortion, and to have access to safe and reliable (post) maternal health care services. For reproductive health to be attained and maintained, the reproductive rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.
- See also:
- Flower of Participation,Meaningful Youth Participation