Obstetric Violence and Maternal Health in Argentina – LL.M thesis

Congratulations to Carlos Herrera Vacaflor, who successfully completed his LL.M. thesis at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.  We thank him for providing the following abstract for readers of REPROHEALTHLAW.  The author can be emailed at: Charlie.Herrera {at} Mail, Utoronto, CA.

Obstetric Violence in Argentina: a Study on the Legal Effects of Medical Guidelines and Statutory Obligations for Improving the Quality of Maternal Health,  by Carlos Alejandro Herrera Vacaflor, LL.M. Thesis, Graduate Department of the Faculty of Law University of Toronto, 2015


Obstetric Violence is a pervasive phenomenon that affects women’s maternal health worldwide. It has been recognized by the WHO that abusive and disrespectful treatment in facility-based childbirth is a contributing factor in maternal and infant mortality, and the global community has adopted steps in attempting to identify and eliminate all forms of obstetric violence. Within Latin America, Argentina has taken proactive measures, legislating the proscription of obstetric violence. This thesis seeks to examine the development of the concept of Obstetric Violence in Argentina, its organic evolution from internal medical regulations and guidelines to national legislation. The thesis  also tracks evidence about the degrees of success that the obstetric violence definition, assessment and regulation have had in preventing violations of women’s rights—both on a practical level and in the legal redress of these rights through tort claims.

Abstracts of all LL.M. and S.J.D. student theses in International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program are available here: Student theses online.

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