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Groundbreaking European Court of Human Rights judgment on access to prenatal testing and abortion

In a 2011 groundbreaking judgment, R.R. v. Poland, the European Court held that Poland’s failure to provide a woman timely access to prenatal genetic testing and information allowing her to make an informed decision about [...]

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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 [...]

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Poland: A Victory of Firsts

For the first time in its history, the European Court of Human Rights specifically found that an abortion-related violation amounted to inhumane and degrading treatment. The Center and its partners filed the case R.R. v. Poland [...]

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European Court Issues Landmark Decision Against Poland, Says Women Entitled To Prenatal Genetic Testing

(PRESS RELEASE) Today, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Poland violated a woman’s human rights when she was repeatedly denied a prenatal genetic examination after a doctor discovered fetal irregularities during a sonogram. [...]

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New Resource Highlights Three Cases Against Poland

New Resource Highlights Three Cases Against Poland The newest addition to the Center’s Litigation Briefing Series (English version, Polish version) highlights three pending cases against Poland before the European Court of Human Rights: R.R. v. [...]

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RR v. Poland, S&T v. Poland, and Z v. Poland – Polish Language Litigation Briefing Series (PDF)

Poland has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. R.R. v. Poland, S &, T v. Poland and Z v. Poland, three pending cases before the European Court of Human Rights, filed by [...]

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Washington Post: Should church control health care?

By Nancy Northup - On Faith guest voice Opinion pages of U.S. newspapers lambasted a decision by St. Joseph's Hospital, a Catholic institution in Phoenix, over the excommunication and demotion of a nun. Sister Margaret [...]

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India and Poland Urged to Improve Reproductive Rights

On June 4, 2010, during the 14th session of the Human Rights Council, the United Nation's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Anand Grover, presented reports on Poland and India. The report called on [...]

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Reproductive rights are human rights.

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

Tysiąc v. Poland: Ensuring Effective Access to Legal Abortion

Alicja Tysiąc, a Polish woman, was suffering from severe myopia. Pregnant for the third time, she consulted three ophthalmologists who concluded that carrying the pregnancy to term constituted a serious risk to her eyesight. While [...]

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Z. v. Poland (European Court of Human Rights)

In September 2004, a pregnant woman died as a result of being denied access to medical care for fear of harming the fetus. Her mother, Z., is suing Poland for having violated her daughter’s rights [...]

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P. and S. v. Poland (European Court of Human Rights)

European Court of Human Rights Sets Standards for the Rights of Adolescents to Reproductive Health Services  (Updated 04.01.21) The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Poland violated an adolescent’s human rights when her access to a legal [...]

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Reproductive rights are human rights.

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