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A first-ever ruling from the UN’s principal human rights body calls for swift and comprehensive reform to Ireland’s merciless abortion laws. At 21 weeks pregnant, when Amanda Mellet was told the fetus she was carrying [...]

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Journey to Justice

Journey to Justice Fifteen years after being denied an abortion, a Peruvian woman is paid reparations by the government in a landmark human rights victory. Last week one of our clients, a woman known as [...]

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Black Women’s Health: A Twitter Chat with SisterSong and Ebony

Black Women’s Health: A Twitter Chat with SisterSong and Ebony How do racial disparities in health care affect women of color? This week, Ebony magazine took on the complex topic by hosting a Twitter chat [...]

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We Can Be Moved

From Ferguson to Geneva in search of reproductive justice. Join us for "Vote for Our Lives: What's at Stake for Black Women's Health", a Twitter chat with Ebony Magazine and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive [...]

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Preventing Maternal Death

In the vast majority of cases, maternal mortality is completely preventable. Why are 800 women a day still dying from pregnancy complications? Maureen, a maternal health advocate in Uganda, remembers losing her cousin—a young woman [...]

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Recipe for Disaster

Recipe for Disaster Using absurd building regulations in an underhanded attempt to shutter most of the state’s abortion clinics, Texas legislators risk a public health crisis. Liposuction. Colonoscopy. Skin cancer excision. Vasectomy. A D&,C after [...]

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Spotlighting Racial Bias

In LaKeisha’s hometown of Atlanta, African American women die in childbirth at a rate more than three times the national average. Following an emergency c-section, LaKeisha experienced a brush with this unsettling statistic when she [...]

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Abandoned By a Nation

The Center filed a new case against Ireland to stop its health care system from turning its back on women in desperate need of help. It’s nearly impossible to go through this life and not [...]

Abortion, Legal Protections, Legal Restrictions, Contraception, Legal Protections, Legal Restrictions, Funding for Reproductive Healthcare,Europe, Ireland,In the Courts, At the United Nations,News

Reproductive rights are human rights.

Help us ensure that every government around the world guarantees them.

Ending the Shame

No great leaps in medical technology will ever alter the reality that a certain percentage of pregnancies fail for natural, unavoidable reasons. What can, and what in fact must, change is the care women receive [...]

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UN Body Slams Abortion Laws

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 [...]

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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. VAWA has made an enormous impact over the years, [...]

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UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Releases Report on Torture and Ill-Treatment in Health Care Settings

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Releases Report on Torture and Ill-Treatment in Health Care Settings This week, Juan Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, [...]

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UN Focuses on Reproductive Rights Issues

UN Focuses on Reproductive Rights Issues This month, national leaders, diplomats, and human rights defenders from around the world gathered in Geneva to attend the 22nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. This [...]

Abortion, Legal Protections, Legal Restrictions,United States, Accountability Bodies, United Nations,At the United Nations,News

Reproductive rights are human rights.

Help us ensure that every government around the world guarantees them.