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Abortion Laws and Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is a global problem, affecting the lives of women and girls of all ages and of all types of backgrounds. Victims of sexual abuse may suffer from a number of physical, emotional and psychological injuries, profoundly impacting all aspects of their lives…

Shadow Letter on the Republic of Moldova to the Committee against Torture

On March 21, 2012, the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partner, the Institutul pentru Drepturile Omului din Moldova (the Moldovan Institute for Human Rights), submitted a shadow letter to the Committee against Torture for the adoption of a list of issues prior to reporting for the…

The Guardian: El Salvador abortion controversy shows lack of progress on Cairo agenda

"The treatment of a 22-year-old pregnant woman in El Salvador who was repeatedly denied potentially life-saving medical care due to the country's absolute abortion ban has caused worldwide outrage. …

New York Times: A high-risk pregnancy is terminated. But was it an abortion?

The woman’s doctors urged an end to her pregnancy, saying her life could be at risk and that the fetus would not survive anyway. El Salvador’s highest court rejected the plea , knocking down a challenge to one of the strongest anti-abortion laws in the world. …

Human Rights Committee Calls Out Peru for Highly Restrictive Abortion Law

The UN Human Rights Committee recently criticized Peru for a wide range of reproductive rights violations, including highly restrictive abortion legislation and a high rate of maternal mortality. …

Submission to the U.N. Human Rights Committee for the U.S. List of Issues

Click the link below to download the Center's submission to the U.N. Human Rights Committee regarding the four key reproductive rights issues we intend to highlight during the Committee’s periodic review of the United States in October 2013…

CEDAW Committee addresses a wide range of reproductive rights violations in its review of Pakistan

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) recently issued concluding observations from its February review of Pakistan's compliance with CEDAW and called out the government for lack of access to health care and policies that routinely ignore…

UN Body Slams Abortion Laws

This month, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee) condemned Hungary for two types of abortion restrictions that are on the rise both in Europe and in the US—mandatory waiting periods and biased counseling laws…

Shadow Letter on Hungary to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

In January, the Center for Reproductive Rights and its Hungarian partner, PATENT Association, submitted a shadow letter to the 54th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on the situation of women and girls' sexual and reproductive…

Stopping All Violence

Last week, President Obama signed the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which funds support groups for and prosecution of violent crimes against women…

Our Work in Focus

An important component of the Center's work is ensuring that the United States lives up to its human rights commitments related to reproductive rights. The U.S…
Six years ago this week, the Center for Reproductive Rights won a groundbreaking victory for the women of Peru and around the world . For the first time, an international human rights body condemned a country for failing to provide abortion services that were both legal and essential to the health of a woman, violating her fundamental human rights in the process…

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