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A leader in the fields of health law and policy, women’s rights, and sexual reproductive health and rights, Lourdes Rivera of the Center for Reproductive Rights, believes the government has a nuanced role in securing human rights for all citizens.
“What human rights means is not only that the government should leave you alone, but it also means that the government has positive obligations to help you realize your rights, to be able to have the resources, the dignity, the respect, the autonomy to be able to move forward and act upon those rights.”
– Lourdes Rivera
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