An Unfulfilled Human Right:Family Planning in Guatemala

This report seeks to demonstrate that the Guatemalan government has fallen woefully short in meeting its international human rights obligations related to the provision of family planning services and information.

It examines in some depth the reality in Guatemala: the prevailing socio-economic indicators; how the government provides reproductive health, yet fails to adequately integrate family planning services and information; and the existing consensus among all segments of the Guatemalan population concerning the need for such services and information.

The report then establishes the government's responsibility under both international human rights law and under national law for addressing its citizens' right to family planning services and information, as well as other human rights implicated such as the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of gender and race.