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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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Decision: Amanda Mellet v. Ireland

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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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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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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 [...]

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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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Reproductive rights are human rights.

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

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 [...]

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Concluding Observations on Tanzania Recommend a Number of Reforms

Concluding Observations on Tanzania Recommend a Number of Reforms In August, the Center for Reproductive Rights submitted a shadow letter to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee) regarding sexual and reproductive [...]

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Costa Rica’s IVF Ban and the Future of Reproductive Rights in Latin America

Costa Rica’s IVF Ban and the Future of Reproductive Rights in Latin America Miguel and Ileana worked together for one year at a car dealership in the late 1980s. They fell for each other in [...]

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Philippines: Time to Take Action

Philippines: Time to Take Action The Center for Reproductive Rights is calling on the Philippines—a country with one of the worst human rights records on protecting women's health— to adopt and implement a set of key [...]

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Reproductive rights are human rights.

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