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close this bookReproductive Health in Refugee Situations: An Inter-Agency Field Manual (UNHCR - WHO - OMS, 1999, 140 p.)
close this folderAppendix 2: Legal Considerations: Refugee Rights Related to Reproductive Health
View the documentReproductive Health Rights Based on International and Human Rights Instruments
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There are special rights pertaining to pregnant and lactating women articulated in international documents (see above). The issue of termination of pregnancy, however, is highly controversial. In most countries, national laws and policies regulate the termination of pregnancies. Where the matter is regulated, due regard must be paid to the laws and policies of the host country. In many countries where abortion is normally highly restricted, it is nonetheless permitted under certain conditions when a pregnancy results from rape, incest, or threatens the life of the woman.