Under the Human Rights Act, pregnant women have the right to receive maternity care and to make their own choices about that care. The standards of care they are given must respect their dignity.
The Human Rights Act protects dignity, privacy, equality and autonomy and requires all public bodies, including hospitals and Social Services, to treat pregnant women with dignity, to obtain their informed consent and to respect their decisions.
The UK has also ratified the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. This prohibits pregnancy-related discrimination and requires the provision of healthcare for pregnant and lactating women.
AIMS works with women on many issues that are covered by Human Rights legislation.
These and many other situations may violate human rights and do lead to women being degraded and disempowered.
AIMS works closely with Birthrights, a charity dedicated to promoting respect for human rights from the legal perspective - www.birthrights.org.uk
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