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Friday, December 10, 2010

Celebrating Human Rights Day

Today is Human Rights Day.  The theme for Human Rights Day 2010 is human rights defenders who act to end discrimination. 

According to the UN, human rights defenders speak out against abuse and violations including discrimination, exclusion, oppression and violence. They advocate justice and seek to protect the victims of human rights violations. They demand accountability for perpetrators and transparency in government action. In so doing, they are often putting their own safety at risk, and that of their families.

At Planned Parenthood we believe that access to health care shouldn’t depend on what you look like, what neighborhood you live in, or how much money you make, and receiving the health care you need is not just a good idea, it’s a basic human right. 

That's why the PPFA International Program works to build movements that promote and protect the reproductive health and rights of vulnerable women and young people. Worldwide, poverty, limited access to health services, lack of political will, legal restrictions, cultural taboos, and harsh gender inequality all conspire to put women at risk of harm resulting from unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, unattended childbirth, and unsafe abortion.  To learn more, click here.

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