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Reproductive rights and reproductive health in developing countries: Focus on Africa

Vijayan Pillai, University of Texas at Arlington
Rashmi Gupta, India association of North Texas

In this study we examine the direct and indirect effects of reproductive rights on reproductive health in developing countries. We argue that the level of reproductive rights in a country is a function of several socio political variables such as level of democracy and social development. We suggest that gender stratification systems often mediate the effects of sociopolitical institutions on levels of reproductive rights and health. We obtain data from World Bank, United Nations and several other well known sources international data. In addition, we examine African regional experience with respect to reproductive rights with the rest of the world. We find empirical support for our model and discuss the implications of our finding for reproductive health policies in the African region.

Presented in Poster Session 2