Latin America & Caribbean

Ecuador

The Center works with state advocates throughout the country to promote and defend women's access to reproductive health care services in state legislatures and other policy-making bodies.  Our State Program work is critical because each year state legislatures consider hundreds of bills that would restrict abortion.  Anti-choice activists intentionally target states where they are likely to succeed in passing harmful legislation, and use those victories to push similar bills in other states and on the national level.  Indeed, much of the erosion of reproductive rights in this country has come as a result of state legislative action.  The Center's State Program pays particular attention to the impact that restrictive laws and policies have on marginalized women and women who face disproportionate difficulties in achieving meaningful access to reproductive health care. The State Program also assists activists seeking to proactively strengthen reproductive rights and improve access.   

Specifically, the Center's State Program provides legal analysis, technical support and strategic advice to state legislators, advocacy organizations and individuals who want to ensure that all women have meaningful access to safe and legal reproductive health services, including abortion and contraception.   This includes model legislation; talking points; written analyses and veto letters.

The Center's State Program also monitors and analyzes proposed state laws and policies that would affect women seeking reproductive health services. Read:

In The Spotlight

Access to EC in Latin America Takes Center Stage at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

(PRESS RELEASE) Healthcare professionals, lawyers, policymakers, and reproductive health advocates are gathering today in Washington, D.C. to testify on emergency contraception restrictions in Latin America, specifically in Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Honduras…

Review of Ecuador Draws Concern Over Sexual Violence in School Settings

At the end of November 2012, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) expressed its concern about a systemic pattern of sexual abuse in educational settings, as well as the limited results of judicial investigations to determine responsibility and impose sanctions…

Center’s shadow letter to the ESCR Committee on Ecuador

The Center for Reproductive Rights submitted a shadow letter for the review of Ecuador to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) during its 47th Session in December 2011…

Call to Address Institutionalized Sexual Violence in Latin America’s Schools

Over the past decade, thousands of Latin American girls and adolescents have gone to school expecting to learn and grow in a safe, trustworthy environment.

Center for Reproductive Rights Opens New Regional Office in Colombia

(PRESS RELEASE) Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights announced the opening of its new regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Bogotá, Colombia. The Center has worked in the region for fifteen years, advancing women's access to reproductive health services, through human rights litigation and the documentation of reproductive rights violations…

Concluding Observations: Ecuador, Committee against Torture

The Center submitted a shadow letter on Ecuador before the Committee against Torture in October 2010.  This letter underlines the human rights…

Shadow Letter: Supplementary Information on Ecuador, Committee Against Torture

In October 2010, the Center submitted a shadow letter before the Committee against Torture to shed light on the dire situation of pervasive sexual violence against girls in schools in Ecuador and examine the human rights violations associated with such acts.  The letter highlights the…

UN Urges Governments to Respect Reproductive Rights

12.27.10 - This fall, three UN treaty monitoring bodies urged the governments of Ecuador, Uganda and Nicaragua to take steps to promote, protect and fulfill reproductiv  rights…

Shadow Letters Bring Reproductive Rights to Light

The Center celebrated the recent concluding observations on Ecuador, Croatia and Moldova from the U.N. Human Rights Committee, which reaffirm the obligation of these states to guarantee reproductive rights

Shadow Letter to UN HRC on Ecuador (2009)

The Center for Reproductive Rights submitted a shadow letter to the Human Rights Committee for its review of Ecuador during its 97th Session in October 2009…