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Human Rights Day 2011

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” That’s the first sentence of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations 63 years ago on [...]

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U.N. Rules that Peru Must Relax Restrictions on Abortion

(PRESS RELEASE) Today, an international human rights body condemned Peru for violating the human rights of a young woman seeking legal abortion services in the country and ruled that the government must ease its restrictions [...]

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The UN Speaks Out: Women Must Have the Right to Health, the Right to Decide

Last week, the General Assembly of the United Nations heard a blunt, emphatic message: No longer should the world tolerate the tragic, avoidable deaths of tens of thousands of women forced to seek out unsafe, [...]

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The Hill: Anti-Choice bill does imperil women’s lives

By Laura MacCleery, Director of Government Relations, Center for Reproductive Rights Last week’s vote on the anti-abortion measure, H.R. 358, was a disappointing new low for the House.  The heated debate occasioned dueling letters by [...]

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Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, et al. v. Terry Cline, et al.

This litigation challenges a law that would impose severe restrictions on physicians’ ability to provide medical care to women seeking pregnancy terminations that serve no legitimate purpose and run afoul of all available medical evidence. [...]

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The Hill: Administration should deny bishops’ request for a veto over women’s healthcare

By Aram Schvey, policy counsel for foreign policy and human rights, Center for Reproductive Rights You don’t ask a vegetarian where to get a great prime rib, or a teetotaler for a single-malt scotch recommendation.  [...]

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Human Rights Council Adopts Groundbreaking Resolution on Maternal Mortality

For the third year running, the UN's Human Rights Council has focused its attention on the global problem of preventable maternal mortality and morbidity. A ground-breaking resolution was adopted yesterday, in which States reaffirm their [...]

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Maternal Mortality in India: 2011 Update Document Download

This report is an update to Maternal Mortality in India: Using International and Constitutional Law to Promote Accountability and Change, published by the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) in 2008. Since its release, Maternal [...]

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Reproductive rights are human rights.

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Maternal Mortality in India: Using International and Constitutional Law to Promote Accountability and Change

The Government of India has a legal obligation to ensure that women do not die or suffer complications as a result of preventable pregnancy-related causes. The staggering scale and continuing occurrence of maternal deaths and [...]

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Maternal Mortality in India: 2011 Update–Accountability in Action

While human rights bodies and governments around the world have recognized maternal mortality as a human rights concern, the Indian Government has continued to neglect the specific health needs and human rights of pregnant women [...]

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RH Reality Check: International Human Rights Court Says Governments Must Ensure Timely Access to Maternal Health Services

By Jodi Jacobson "In 2002, Alyne da Silva Pimentel, a 28-year-old Afro-Brazilian woman, died after being denied basic medical care to address complications in her pregnancy. Her death might be like any one of the [...]

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Historic U.N. Ruling Finds Brazil Violates Woman’s Human Rights in Maternal Death Case

(PRESS RELEASE) In the first-ever maternal death case to be decided by an international human rights body, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women established that governments have a human rights [...]

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In the Name of Alyne: A Historic Human Rights Victory

Alyne da Silva Pimentel would have been 37 years old today if Brazil’s government had honored its responsibility to protect her fundamental human rights. Instead, because she was poor and Afro-Brazilian, she died in 2002 [...]

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Reproductive rights are human rights.

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