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In re Access to Emergency Contraception in Chile (Chilean Constitutional Court)

On April 13, 2007, the Center filed a third party intervention in support of the national reproductive health and family planning regulations authorizing the free distribution of emergency contraception (EC). The Center’s intervention was a [...]

Contraception, Emergency Contraception,Latin America & Caribbean, Chile,In the Courts,Case

A Tale of Extraordinary Courage: Interview with K.L.

17-year-old K.L. took on the country Peru for enabling officials to force her to carry a fatally-impaired fetus to term. When our client K.L. was seventeen years old, she found out that she was pregnant [...]

Abortion, Maternal Health, Access to Quality Care,Latin America & Caribbean, Peru, Accountability Bodies, United Nations,In the Courts

A.S. v. Hungary: CEDAW Ruling

Communication No. 4/2004Submitted by: Ms. A. S. (represented by the European Roma Rights Center and the Legal Defence Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities)Alleged victim: The authorState party: HungaryDate of communication: 12 February 2004 (initial [...]

Maternal Health, Coercive Policies,Europe, Hungary,In the Courts,Documents

A.S. v. Hungary: Amicus Brief

UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMENSUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION RE:A.S. V. HUNGARYCOMMUNICATION NO: 4/2004This memorandum offers comments in the case of A.S. v. Hungary. It is submitted by the Center [...]

Maternal Health, Coercive Policies,Europe, Hungary,In the Courts,Case Document

Kharel v. Government of Nepal: Center’s Memos to Supreme Court of Nepal

I. Nepal’s existing abortion law, in permitting abortion during the first trimester without restriction as to reason or need for spousal consent, respects women’s basic human rights and should be reaffirmed.The current law on abortion [...]

Asia, Nepal,In the Courts,Case Document

In Support of Law Decriminalizing Abortion in Mexico City / Amici (Supreme Court of Mexico)

Filing date: Amicus brief submitted to Supreme Courts in February 2008Country/Region: , Mexico -LACPlaintiff(s): GIRECenter Attorney(s): , Lilian SepulvedaPartners: International Commission of Jurists, GIRE Summary: In February of 2008, the Center, in collaboration with the [...]

Abortion,Latin America & Caribbean, Mexico,In the Courts,Case

In re Abortion Law Challenge in Colombia: Center’s Amicus Brief

I. IntroductionThe issue presented before the honorable Constitutional Court of Colombia in this case – whether the categorical ban on abortion in Article 122 of the Colombian Penal Code is constitutional – raises a question [...]

Abortion,Latin America & Caribbean, Colombia,In the Courts,Case Document

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Legal Prohibitions Worldwide

What is FGM? Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the collective name given to a number of cultural practices that involve the partial or total cutting of female genitals. FGM can be performed as early as [...]

Adolescent SRHR, Female Genital Mutilation,Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & Caribbean, United States,Reporting on Rights,Publications

Reproductive rights are human rights.

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

Voices from Nepal: Excerpts from Abortion in Nepal: Women Imprisoned

Nepal’s punitive approach to abortion has threatened women’s lives and health, reinforced entrenched gender discrimination, and interfered with women’s decision-making on a matter with immense personal implications. Those who have been arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned [...]

Abortion, Legal Restrictions,Asia, Nepal,Reporting on Rights,Publications

Achyut Prasad Kharel v. Government of Nepal / Amici (Supreme Court of Nepal)

Filing date: April 2004Country/Region: , Nepal Plaintiff(s): Achyut Prasad KharelCenter Attorney(s): , Melissa UpretiPartners: Forum for Women, Law, and Development (FLWD) Summary: On August 4, Nepal's Supreme Court dismissed a case that had aimed to [...]

Abortion, Legal Restrictions,Asia, Nepal,In the Courts,Case

A.S. v. Hungary (United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women)

The A.S. v. Hungary complaint was filed under the Optional Protocol to CEDAW on behalf of a Hungarian woman of Roma origin who was coercively sterilized in a public hospital. The complaint was filed jointly [...]

Maternal Health, Coercive Policies,Europe, Hungary, Accountability Bodies, United Nations,In the Courts,Case

In re Access to Emergency Contraception in Ecuador / Amici (Constitutional Tribunal of Ecuador)

In 2005, anti-choice organizations in Ecuador filed a suit to outlaw emergency contraception, alleging that EC violates the right to life as established in the Ecuadorian constitution. As a result of their lawsuit, a lower [...]

Contraception, Emergency Contraception,Latin America & Caribbean, Ecuador,In the Courts,Case

In re Access to Emergency Contraception in Colombia (amicus brief) (Colombian Council of State)

On June 5, 2008, in a landmark decision, the Colombian Council of State ruled against anti-choice groups' efforts to ban emergency contraception. The court found that emergency contraception, commonly known as the "morning-after pill," is [...]

Contraception, Emergency Contraception,Latin America & Caribbean, Colombia,In the Courts,Case

Reproductive rights are human rights.

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