Women’s eNews: Lawsuits Used to Shrink India’s Maternal Deaths
By Swapna Majumdar
With India showing little signs of budging from its global laggard position on maternal mortality, health advocates are promoting legal remedies to push the country toward national and U.N. targets on this score.
“Laws provide a strong basis to hold the government accountable for maternal deaths,” said Melissa Upreti, a senior legal advisor to the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which in 2004 launched a global initiative to promote strategic litigation to achieve women’s reproductive rights worldwide.
“Upreti, at the Center for Reproductive Rights, recommends that health advocates use a combination of constitutional guarantees and international laws to press for the implementation of Indian women’s rights to survive pregnancy and childbirth.”
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