wide racial disparities in reproductive health

May 3, 2008 § Leave a comment

A United Nations committee has expressed concern about “wide racial disparities” in sexual and reproductive health in the United States.

Not only did the Committee recognize the need for the U.S. to take action to address racial disparities, it rejected the government’s argument that the poor health outcomes arose from behavioral choices rather than government policy choices that fail to address American citizens’ human right to adequate reproductive health care. In order to address these needs, the Committee recommended that the U.S.: (1) improve access to pre- and post-natal care, including by eliminating eligibility barriers to Medicaid, (2) facilitate access to contraceptive and family planning methods, (3) provide adequate sexual education aimed at the prevention of unintended pregnancies and STIs.

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