The National Assembly of Pakistan unanimously passed the Reproductive Healthcare and Rights Act 2013 on March 12, 2013. The Private Member’s Bill was introduced by Hon. Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, MP and convener of the Pakistan Parliamentary Group on Population, Reproductive Health and Development (PPGPRD). The bill seeks to promote reproductive healthcare and rights in accordance with the Constitution and to fulfill International commitments made by the Government of Pakistan under the Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
This Act will provide comprehensive reproductive healthcare services particularly to women in remote areas and marginalized groups. It aims to curb maternal mortality and morbidity by providing services to pregnant women such as quality antenatal and postnatal care and professionalized obstetric care. It will provide reproductive healthcare information and raise awareness on the mental and physical health and well-being of individuals and families. It also encourages parental responsibility recognizing parents as educators while taking into consideration the religious norms and cultural environment. It will also protect individuals from discrimination against their reproductive lives particularly women who are being discriminated in social, domestic or employment spheres by reasons of pregnancies and motherhood.