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Women's Rights in the Dominican Republic Take Center Stage at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

(PRESS RELEASE) Reproductive health and human rights advocates testified today in Washington, D.C. on women’s rights issues, including discrimination, violence and reproductive rights violations…

Brazil Takes Step to Implement Historic United Nations Ruling in Maternal Death Case

(PRESS RELEASE) The Brazilian government has agreed to pay reparations as part of the first United Nations ruling on human rights violations in a maternal death case…

In Pursuit of Justice

Twenty-eight-year-old Alyne de Silva Pimentel, a poor Afro-Brazilian woman with a young daughter, was six months pregnant with her second child when she began to experience severe nausea and abdominal pain.  When her symptoms intensified, she sought help at a private health center…

Brazilian Lawmakers Hear Testimony Regarding Discrimination Against Women Seeking Maternal Health Care

(PRESS RELEASE) Two years after the United Nations declared Brazil responsible for the death of an Afro-Brazilian woman —calling on the State to provide access to quality maternal health care without discrimination—pregnant women are still dying, and Brazil has not implemented the…

The Irish Times: Irish women forced to travel for abortions to take cases to UN

Three women who were forced to travel to Britain to terminate their pregnancies following diagnoses that their babies would not survive outside the womb will take their cases to the United Nations next week. …

Maternal Mortality and the Decriminalization of Abortion at the Human Rights Council

The UN Human Rights Council gathered for its 24th session in Geneva, from September 9-27, 2013, bringing together human rights activists, civil society members, and United Nations and state officials from across the globe…

The Guardian: Controversial Texas anti-abortion law blocked by federal judge

A federal judge has blocked part of the extremely restrictive Texas anti-abortion law that attracted national attention after state senator Wendy Davis held an 11-hour filibuster to block it in June…

Maternal Mortality: Implementation and Accountability

As the world moves forward with negotiating a post 2015 development agenda, this event will give states, UN agencies, and non-governmental…

El Salvador’s Disgrace

The Center’s president and CEO, Nancy Northup, reflects on the agonizing plight of an El Salvadoran woman known publicly as Beatriz, who for many weeks has faced the risk of death and suffered cruel and inhuman treatment because of the country’s complete ban on abortion…