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‘Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied’ For Reproductive Health Care Rights

The Guardian: Reproductive rights and wrongs: how discrimination blights maternity care
Mónica Arango, regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Center for Reproductive Rights

“More than 4,000 Brazilian women die each year from complications with their pregnancy. Maternal mortality remains the leading cause of death among women of childbearing age, with poor Afro-Brazilians disproportionately affected. Brazil’s maternal health crisis is mirrored in other parts of the world. Every day, 800 women around the globe die from pregnancy complications; many more suffer indignities, injuries and rights violations. … The courts are finally taking heed of such injustices and handing down rulings that press governments to provide adequate maternity care, irrespective of race, ethnicity or economic status. But justice delayed is justice denied for the many thousands of women who suffer and die needlessly in the years it takes to secure these rulings and get them implemented…” (4/1).