Everyone has the right to choose whether or not they want to have children, when and with whom. The Mexican State is obligated to provide a variety of contraceptive methods and relevant information so that each individual can choose the most suitable option depending on their needs and life plans.
GIRE’s work reveals, however, that access to contraceptives in Mexico is limited or forced in certain cases. At GIRE, we work to ensure that all women and girls in the country, regardless of their age, ethnicity, medical condition or socio-economic status, can access contraception without discrimination and with informed consent.
Current data shows that, despite some progress, Mexico is far from meeting its human rights obligations and significant gaps remain in access to information and contraceptive methods, particularly for certain populations such as adolescents and indigenous women. For this reason, the concept of population control must be modified to one of contraception, with a human rights perspective that recognizes the ownership of people – particularly adolescents – over their rights. Likewise, it is urgent that health institutions provide counseling and information on contraceptive methods, and when specifically working with indigenous populations, they must provide interpreters and appropriate materiales that allow access to these methods without discrimination and from an intercultural perspective.
Review information on contraception in our report “The Missing Piece: Reproductive Justice” (THE MISSING PIECE:) and the chapters on contraception in the reports “Women and Girls without Justice” (http://informe2015.gire.org.mx/en/#/Home) and “Omission and Indifference” (OMISSION AND INDIFFERENCE).