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The CEDAW Committee Urges States to Protect and Promote Sexual and Reproductive Rights

In July 2011, the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) urged the governments of Nepal, Costa Rica, and Zambia to improve their record on reproductive rights. The Center for Reproductive Rights, [...]

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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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CRR Blasts Health and Human Services Secretary’s Intervention to Block FDA Approval of Plan B One-Step for Over-the-Counter, All-Ages Use

(PRESS RELEASE) The Center for Reproductive Rights strongly criticizes U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' decision to intervene and block the Food and Drug Administration's expected approval of emergency contraceptive Plan [...]

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Reproductive Rights Violations—Torture By Any Other Name

A woman living with HIV in Chile is forcibly sterilized while unconscious and undergoing a cesarean delivery. A Kenyan woman, along with her newborn child, is detained for weeks by hospital staff in miserable conditions. [...]

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The “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”: A Dangerous and Cynical Attack on Women’s Health and the Right to Safe Abortion

Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) has proposed the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, H.R. 3541, attacking American women’s right to safe abortion under the guise of prohibiting “discrimination against the unborn.” Representative [...]

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The FDA is Stalling on Contraception

The FDA is poised to remove age restrictions on the emergency contraception called Plan B One-Step by the end of the year. This is a monumental step forward after more than a decade of hard [...]

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World AIDS Day

When doctors in India found out that Gita Bai was HIV-positive, they denied her pre-natal care. She soon returned to the hospital when contractions started—and the doctors physically barred her from entering the building. Gita [...]

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International Women’s Human Rights Defenders Day

For the women and men who provide reproductive health services and fight for women's rights to the full range of reproductive healthcare, every day comes with not just the challenge of doing incredibly important work [...]

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Reproductive rights are human rights.

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

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Thirty years ago, women’s rights activists first marked November 25 as the day on which the world would demand an end to all physical and sexual abuse targeted at women. It took another 18 years [...]

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In Focus: Uganda

In Focus: Uganda The Center for Reproductive Rights has embarked on a series of new projects in Uganda as part of its wider work in the African region. Working to highlight reproductive rights violations in [...]

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A Girl Who Changed the World, A Victory for Women Everywhere

A Girl Who Changed the World, A Victory for Women Everywhere In 2009, a girl from Peru named L.C. demanded justice. Two years earlier, she needed an abortion—had a legal right to abortion—and was denied, [...]

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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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Zoom Out: Photos from the Event

The Center is proud to present photos from our Zoom Out event held on October 26, 2011 at the New Museum in New York City. Take a look at all of our fabulous guests and [...]

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Reproductive rights are human rights.

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