Response stories

Refusal to register for pregnancy

Inna turned to the REAct project for help complaining about her rights being violated. The girl was refused registration as pregnant for prenatal care at the maternity welfare center due to her HIV-positive status. Moreover, Inna was referred to the local AIDS center instead, where the service required was not even available. 

Following the REACtor’s intervention, it was explained to the gynecologists at the center that their actions were discriminatory because it was against regulations to divide pregnant women into categories based on their health status, thus making a distinction between “HIV patients” and “those who are well and healthy”. 

Additionally, the maternity welfare center’s authorities were reminded that Inna had the right to sue them over the refusal to register her. Only after hearing these arguments did they offer their apologies to the girl and provide the service needed.