Right to choose whether or not to marry and to found and plan a family, and to decide whether or not, how and when, to have children

All persons have the right to choose whether or not to marry, whether or not to found and plan a family, when to have children and to decide the number and spacing of their children freely and responsibly, within an environment in which laws and policies recognize the diversity of family forms as including those not defined by descent or marriage.

Right to choose whether or not to marry and to found and plan a family, and to decide whether or not, how and when, to have children can be used to campaign:
FOR

  • Non-discriminatory access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning, infertility treatment, and the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS
  • Information, education and services related to reproductive health, safe motherhood and safe abortion that are accessible, affordable, acceptable and convenient
  • Services that offer the widest possible range of methods of fertility regulation that are safe, effective and acceptable
  • The freedom of all women and men to choose and use a method of protection against unplanned pregnancy that is safe and acceptable to them
AGAINST

  • The practice of marriage without the full, free and informed consent of both individuals concerned
  • Child marriage
  • Forced pregnancy, or continuation thereof
  • Forced sterilization
  • Discrimination against women in the workplace that makes it difficult for them to have children and remain in employment
  • Forced pregnancy, or continuation thereof
  • Parental or spousal consent requirements for access to contraception or abortion services
star People with disabilities have the right to choose whether or not to plan a family, and when to have or not children.