Using the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress to address the needs of adolescent mothers living with HIV

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M Brotherton

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Various human rights issues arise from the intersection of adolescent motherhood and HIV. While health rights may be the most obvious means by which to address such issues through policy development and legislative means, the right to health is not the only human right that may provide recourse or relief in this regard. This article considers an unexplored avenue of approaching such issues through reliance on the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights provides for the ‘right to science’ in article 15(1)(b) and more recently, as elaborated on in General Comment no. 25 of 2020. This article considers how this right can be relied upon to address issues pertaining to adolescent motherhood and HIV. Precedent from a Venezuelan Supreme Court decision is considered, as well as the normative content of the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress. This may be another legal means by which to hold states accountable for the health of young mothers and their children, especially as new practices, medicines and treatments emerge regarding HIV.





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Using the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress to address the needs of adolescent mothers living with HIV. (2023). South African Journal of Bioethics and Law, 16(2), 63. https://doi.org/10.7196/SAJBL.2023.v16i2.942
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Using the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress to address the needs of adolescent mothers living with HIV. (2023). South African Journal of Bioethics and Law, 16(2), 63. https://doi.org/10.7196/SAJBL.2023.v16i2.942

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