An overview of the protection of fundamental rights of pregnant women of the Constitutional Court of Ecuador

The Constitution of the Republic of Ecuador recognizes that pregnant women are a priority target group due to social, cultural and economic factors that have affected them historically. As a result of it, the State is obliged to ensure the full access and realization of the pregnant women rights. In this regard, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador has issued a series of judgements that analyze specific cases of obstetric violence, discrimination and violence on the basis of pregnancy or maternity that demonstrate the vulnerability that pregnant women still face in various scenarios. In this context, I will give a lecture based on the jurisprudential work of the Court to address on the continuous need of specific regulation and public policy that meet the requirements of pregnant women and allow them to access and truly exercise their constitutional rights.