Over-protected and under-served: Legal barriers to young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services
Over-protected and under-served: legal barriers to young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health servicesseries
contributes to knowledge about the legal factors that facilitate or inhibit access to SRH
explores the interaction between legal, social, religious and cultural barriers to SRH
compares different legal frameworks around the world
explores the experiences of service providers about what creates barriers to access
reveals the views of young people on the law, their rights and their ability to access services
"They (LGBTI people) are fighting to establish laws against violence. We do have laws that protect them but they are not always implemented. It is not illegal to be homosexual. But it is illegal socially.
Lack of access to SRH services for young people results in unwanted pregnancy, unsafe abortion, HIV infection, and maternal mortality. Barriers to access are economic and structural, as well as gender roles, religious conservatism, social taboos, policies, geographic inaccessibility, and legislation.
Research in El Salvador, Senegal and the UK explored the legal barriers that impact on young people’s access to SRH services; the different legal principles that facilitate or inhibit access to SRH services; and young people’s knowledge of the law as it applies to SRH services and in relation to sexuality and sexual activity.