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Abortion and public health in Brazil: reflections from the perspective of human rights

The study aimed to describe the relation between abortion and public health in Brazil from the perspective of human rights. This is a literature review, held in the SciELO database. It was found that the search of women for their rights endures for decades and, even reaching various achievements, such as those that occurred in women's healthcare, there are still required other changes, such as preventive assistance of unwanted pregnancy and the human rights of women wishing to abort. It is concluded that, because of criminalization of abortion in the country, several women perform it in a unsafely manner, causing damage to their own health, a violation of human rights.

Women's health; Abortion; Sexual and reproductive rights; Personal autonomy; Human rights

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