Women reproductive rights: an examination of the emerging legal Practices in Uganda

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Kampala International University, School of Law
This research was focused on the Women Reproductive Rights: An Examination of The Emerging Legal Practices in Uganda. This was examined through different method of tools in relations to An Examination of The Emerging Legal Practices in Uganda, presented a description and explanation of procedures used in conducting the study, particularly in sampling and data collection. Qualitative method was used to collect from sample population earmarked for the study. The study discovered that the Uganda's healthcare facilities are in a dire state, and maternal health is one of the most affected services. The incidents leading to Constitutional Petition No. 16 of 2011 are an epitome of a widespread systemic problem. The petition demonstrates that many maternal deaths are preventable if the state takes its human rights obligations seriously. Maternal mortality rates remain very high (505 in 2001 to 430 per 100,000 in 2012), with clandestine abortions being a major cause of this. There are very high number of teenage pregnancies, women's limited access to quality reproductive and sexual health services, especially in rural areas, and that the existing sex education programmes are not sufficient, and may not give enough attention to the prevention of early pregnancy and the control of STis. Therefore, research recommended that there is a need to explicitly recognize the right to reproductive health care in the Constitution, which could clear any misgivings about the justiciability of the right. However, recognizing the right in the Constitution is not sufficient. Legal and policy instruments must underpin the Constitution.
A Thesis Presented to the College of Higher Degree and Research (CHDR) Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Laws
Women reproductive rights, Emerging legal Practices, Uganda