Title

Preserving Health Rights of Female Sex workers (FSWs): Are we doing Justice?

Document Type

Article

Department

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan

Abstract

In Pakistani context where majority of the population are Muslims, prostitution is considered as stigma. Health providers often come across a challenge to provide optimal care to prostitutes when their own values and beliefs contradict with their professional obligations. This commentary article is based on a clinical case study in which a family planning counselor failed to respond to the contraceptive needs of a prostitute due to the non-supportive state policy for tubal ligation and provider's own values for the stigmatized profession. This paper introduces a question for all health providers whether this act was justifiable on the basis of human rights paradigm, right for autonomy and principal of non-maleficence. This article is a commentary against the incomplete state policy of family planning and ethical principles violated in this case.

Publication

Journal of Clinical Research and Bioethics