The UN Human Rights Council must urge States to reform discriminatory abortion laws
Amnesty International submitted this statement to the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council (15 June- 3 July 2015) in connection with the presentation by the Working Group on the elimination of discrimination against women of reports on its visits to Chile, Peru and Spain. The statement highlights how women and girls continue to see their health and lives being put at risk and face multiple other human rights violations within the criminal justice system because of laws, which criminalise or restrict access to health information and services, such as abortion, needed only by women and girls. Women and girls from already marginalised groups, such as the poor, are often disproportionately affected by such laws. It contains Amnesty International recommendations to countries concerned, including those mentioned in the statement, as well as to members and observer states of the UN Human Rights Council.