Fact Sheets

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A Global View of Abortion Rights

A critical accompaniment to the World's Abortion Laws map, this fact sheet provides a snapshot of the current status of abortion in countries across the globe, trends in global abortion laws and a summary of the human rights standards surrounding abortion services. …

Questions & Answers: Understanding the World's Abortion Laws Map

This fact sheet provides readers with critical information for understanding the World Abortion Laws map, including information on the legal sources of abortion laws, as well as in-depth descriptions of each category on the abortion map and the types of abortion laws they include…

Evaluating Priorities: Measuring Women’s and Children’s Health and Well-being against Abortion Restrictions in the States

In recent years, abortion restrictions have begun passing at an alarming rate; from 2011 to 2013 states enacted 205 new restrictions on abortion, more than were enacted in the entire previous decade. Why?…

Conscientious Objection and Reproductive Rights: International Human Rights Standards

The Center for Reproductive Rights’ new publication Conscientious Objection and Reproductive Rights: International Human Rights Standards describes the rules of International Human Rights Law regarding conscientious objection…

The Total Criminalization of Abortion in El Salvador

El Salvador has one of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws, banning abortion in all circumstances, even when the pregnancy poses a risk to a woman’s life, health or in cases of rape…

Reproductive Rights, Substantive Equality and the Convention on the Rights of the Child: A briefing by the Center for Reproductive Rights

The Convention on the Rights of the Child strongly protects children’s right to access sexual and reproductive health services and their rights to substantive equality and nondiscrimination.  This fact sheet examines the mutually reinforcing relationship between the realization of these…

Alyne v. Brazil: Case of Alyne da Silva Pimentel Teixeira (“Maternal Mortality”) v. Brazil

Alyne, a 28-year-old Afro-Brazilian woman, died of complications resulting from pregnancy after a private and then a public health center denied her quality maternal health care…

Reproductive Rights and Torture or Ill-Treatment: A briefing by the Center for Reproductive Rights

For over a decade, the UN Committee against Torture (CAT Committee) has recognized some reproductive rights violations as forms of torture or ill-treatment and called on states to change laws, policies, and practices that restrict access to these reproductive health services…

Manju & Others v. Government of Nepal

The Asia program’s new fact sheet features a groundbreaking reproductive rights case, Manju & Others v. Government of Nepal, which was filed in the Supreme Court of Nepal in September 2013, by Justice for All…