Reporting on Rights

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

En Vedette

Road to Reform in Rwanda

Anne wanted only to get the education that would be the path to a better life. Instead she wound up in a prison in Rwanda, where women have for years been victims of extreme abortion laws. …

CRR Celebrates 20 Years

Twenty years ago on June 15, 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights opened its doors…

Himalayan Times: Safe and Affordable Abortion is a Woman’s Right

Three years ago, Nepal’s Supreme Court (SC) catapulted the nation to the forefront of the global women’s rights movement by unequivocally ruling that women have a constitutionally protected right to safe and affordable abortion services. The story behind that groundbreaking decision begins with Lakshmi Devi Dhikta. Lakshmi is an extremely poor woman from Dadeldhura who already had five children when she became pregnant for the sixth time. …

Demeaning Oklahoma Ultrasound Law Defeated

When it comes to fighting for reproductive rights, there’s often no sweeter word than “unconstitutional.”

It’s sounding especially sweet today: A district court just struck down Oklahoma’s demeaning and invasive mandatory ultrasound law for being an “unconstitutional special law”—treating abortion differently from other medical procedures without justification. 

The Fight for Contraception Rages On

The new federal requirement that private health insurance cover the cost of birth control has generated much heated controversy these last few weeks: Congressional hearings, proposed legislation to unwind it, multiple legal actions…

Advocacy in Action: Senate Defeats Blunt Amendment

Moments ago, the U.S. Senate voted 51 to 48 to block the Blunt amendment—an extreme legislative effort to allow any employer to refuse coverage of any service required under the new U.S. health care law based on religious or moral objections…

Human Rights Day 2011

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”…

Reproductive Rights Violations—Torture By Any Other Name

A woman living with HIV in Chile is forcibly sterilized while unconscious and undergoing a cesarean delivery…

World AIDS Day

When doctors in India found out that Gita Bai was HIV-positive, they denied her pre-natal care. She soon returned to the hospital when contractions started—and the doctors physically barred her from entering the building. …

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Thirty years ago, women’s rights activists first marked November 25 as the day on which the world would demand an end to all physical and sexual abuse targeted at women…

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