Shadow Letters & Reports

The U.S. Legal Department strives to protect and advance reproductive liberty and access to reproductive health care in the United States by employing diverse strategies grounded in CRR's legal expertise.

To learn more about the different areas of our work, please check out our U.S. litigation, advocacy work in Washington, D.C. and the states, U.S.-based human rights work, and our Law School Initiative.

The Center's litigation work in the United States seeks to broadly promote reproductive rights. Our goals include:

  • Securing recognition that reproductive freedom is both a fundamental constitutional right and a human right that the government is obligated to respect, protect and fulfill;
  • Ensuring that all women have access to safe and affordable contraception;
  • Protecting women’s access to safe, legal and affordable abortion services;
  • Ensuring that adolescents have access to reproductive health services; that adolescents’ confidentiality is protected in their pursuit of those services; and that adolescents have access to age-appropriate, comprehensive sexuality education;
  • Defending abortion providers against unreasonable government actions

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Shadow Letter to the CEDAW Committee on Sierra Leone

The Center and L.A.W.Y.E.R.S. submitted this shadow letter to the CEDAW Committee during its 57th session in connection with its review of Sierra Leone…

Reproductive Injustice: Racial and Gender Discrimination in U.S. Health Care

When it ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), the United States committed to ensure the right to health care free from all forms of racial discrimination to all within its borders. Yet, as the U.S. prepares to report to the U.N…

The Human Rights Committee Urges Malawi to Safeguard Sexual and Reproductive Rights

In July 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (the Committee), which monitors states’ implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, released its concluding observations on Malawi, urging the government to take immediate steps to address reproductive…

Shadow Letter on the Holy See to the Committee against Torture

The Center prepared this letter to assist the Committee against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT Committee) during the 52nd Session in its review of the Holy See’s compliance with the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading…

Standards, Framing and Developments in Reproductive Law: A Briefing by the Center for Reproductive Rights

The principles of substantive equality and autonomy can play an important role in fulfilling women’s reproductive rights, as they require states to empower women to make choices about their own reproductive health and lives and to address the historical causes of health-related…

Shadow letter to the Human Rights Committee for its adoption of list of issues for Ireland

In August 2013 the Center for Reproductive Rights submitted a letter to assist the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Human Rights Committee in its formulation of issues for Ireland’s coming review under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  The letter specifically…

Submission for OHCHR’s study on access to justice for children

Children face unique barriers in exercising their rights due to their lack of legal autonomy, states’ failure to enshrine their rights into laws and policies, and the lack of accessible remedies when their rights are violated.  Girls are uniquely vulnerable to human rights violations as…

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…