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Centering Human Rights in the Response to Zika

Available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, this statement calls for a human rights-based approach to the Zika epidemic. It identifies states' obligations to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of all impacted by the [...]

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Mellet v. Ireland: Ireland must legalize abortion to end violations of women’s human rights

In June 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Committee issued a groundbreaking decision in the case of Mellet v. Ireland. The Committee held that by prohibiting and criminalizing abortion, and thereby preventing Ms. Mellet from [...]

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Game Changer

What does our historic win at the Supreme Court mean for abortion access? Stephanie Toti, lead attorney in the case, breaks it down. To keep calm on the evening before the U.S. Supreme Court was [...]

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A Duty to Protect

The Zika outbreak threatens dire consequences in countries that have failed to prioritize women’s health and human rights. Katia lives in El Salvador, one of several Latin American countries where the government has advised women [...]

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Tools of Transformation

A Center-sponsored toolkit equips reproductive health advocates in the South with resources to confront the growing maternal health crisis for Black women. Across the United States, Black women die or suffer serious illness during and [...]

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A Punishing Year

Abandoning any pretense of protecting women, a new wave of abortion restrictions focus on shaming and criminalizing women and doctors. (Updated 8.4.16) More than a dozen abortion restrictions have been introduced so far this legislative [...]

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A Most Basic Right

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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Not Okay in Oklahoma

The Center continues to challenge the state’s senseless assault on women’s reproductive health. When Laura, a college student in Oklahoma, found out she was pregnant, she knew immediately what she needed to do. “No question,” [...]

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Reproductive rights are human rights.

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

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt: An Open Letter of Solidarity with the Honorable Wendy Davis of Texas, Teresa Fedor of Ohio, Lucy Flores of Nevada, and Judy Nicastro of Washington State

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Washington Acts for Women

Washington Acts for Women Advocates team up to garner remarkable Capitol Hill support for a federal bill protecting women’s access to abortion care. “There are women languishing around the country who cannot speak for themselves. [...]

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Teresa Is Free

Teresa Is Free The Center generated international pressure to release another member of El Salvador’s wrongly imprisoned “Las 17.” Last week, 30-year-old Teresa held a photograph of her young son as she took the stand. [...]

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A Landmark Day

A Landmark Day As the Center argued a major case at the U.S. Supreme Court for the future of abortion access, supporters united outside for a powerful rally. The crowd was already loud and dense [...]

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Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument Transcript

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Reproductive rights are human rights.

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