Sexual and Reproductive Rights During COVID-19 Response and Beyond: Standards from the United Nations

06.25.20

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The potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and girls is profound. Women and girls in all regions of the world have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and response measures, with their sexual and reproductive rights particularly at risk. Initial estimates indicate a 10% shift in abortions from safe to unsafe — a rise of approximately 3,325,000 additional unsafe abortions and 1,000 additional maternal deaths in low and middle-income countries.