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Courts around the world, as well as United Nations and regional human rights bodies, are increasingly recognizing that a woman's rights to reproductive healthcare and self-determination are basic human rights that must be protected. The Center for Reproductive Rights has played a key role in securing these legal victories and works with a wide range of lawyers and law scholars around the world to establish human rights norms on reproductive health. Yet this emerging body of transnational law is not widely taught in U.S. law schools, nor is it widely incorporated in legal scholarship.

The Law School Initiative invigorates scholarship and teaching around this growing body of law and trains the next generation of lawyers to think about reproductive health in the human rights framework. The increased attention in the legal academy on international and comparative law, as well as the recent adverse decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in Carhart II, are generating significant interest in new approaches and make this an apt time for the Initiative. As the first and only global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive rights in the U.S. and around the world, the Center is ideally positioned to lead the effort.

The Center for Reproductive Rights and American University Washington College of Law are co-editors of Reproductive Justice, Law and Policy, an interdisciplinary e-Journal covering a range of issues, both domestic and international, related to reproductive rights, gender, human rights, sexuality, medicine, race and class. Subscribe here.

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Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest v. Streur

In 2001, the Alaska Supreme Court held that withholding state Medicaid coverage for abortions while covering all other medically necessary care, including for pregnant women, violated the equal protection clause of the Alaska Constitution.  The Court held the state must fund all

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A Human Rights Crisis

Ida was getting “desperate.” The mother of two had received a year’s supply of contraception from a family planning clinic in Texas’s Lower Rio Grande Valley before it was shuttered by reckless state budget cuts. She had only about a week’s worth left…

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…

Under Federal Attack

The most unpopular Congress in history didn't take that title by accident or through a stroke of bad luck. The 112th Congress, which came to an end just a few months ago, earned a record-setting rate of disapproval from U.S. voters because of its legislative record.   …

Extremists Target Rape Exception

Just when you thought the opponents of reproductive freedom couldn't get any more radical, they outdo themselves…

2012: U.S. in Review

Put 2012 against any year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, in 1973, and you would be hard pressed to find a period that offered as many highs and lows as the past 12 months.

Let's start with the highlights. …

Philippines Passes Reproductive Health Bill that Guarantees Access to Modern Contraceptives

A reproductive health bill that has been in the making for more than a decade was passed in both the Philippines House of Representatives and the Senate. The House and Senate reconciled their respective versions of the bill last month and President Benigno Aquino III signed the bill into…

Texas At It Again

This week, elected officials in Texas began pre-filing some of the bills they hope to pass during the 2013 legislative session…

New Beginning in Nepal

As the only global legal advocacy group dedicated to the advancement of reproductive rights worldwide, the Center set a goal several years ago to establish a strong presence in the places where we battle for women's health, equality, and dignity. …

Not Easy Being a Woman in Texas

Anti-choice legislators in Texas have long been in the business of violating reproductive rights, demonstrated ever so bluntly last year when they pushed one of the most demeaning, invasive ultrasound laws ever enacted…

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