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07.09.18
The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy raises serious concerns about the future of abortion access in light of President Trump’s promise to nominat
06.14.18
“This year has been a battle. But not today! Today, we are going to explore strategies for a proactive agenda to secure access and services for women
05.31.18
Brown University has awarded an honorary doctorate to Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, in recognition of her le
05.18.18
Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, was a guest on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show today discussing the Trump Administr
04.12.18
El Salvador’s total ban on abortion puts women’s health and lives in danger and denies them essential reproductive freedom. Right now, dozens of women
04.06.18
Segregation. Racial harassment. Physical restraint and neglect during childbirth. Roma women in Slovakia speak about their experiences of discriminati
03.08.18
Our client Teodora was released from prison this month. She was unjustly imprisoned for 11 years under El Salvador’s inhumane abortion law after suffe
12.18.17
On December 5, 2017, the Center for Reproductive Rights, along with more than a dozen leading reproductive and civil rights organizations, members of
02.15.18
[UPDATE] Following 11 years of wrongful imprisonment after suffering an obstetric emergency, the Salvadoran Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) and the Min
11.01.17
In the aftermath of the chaotic presidential election results in Kenya in early August and again in October, more than 50 accounts of rape and sexual
10.30.17
When almost 500 guests gathered on Tuesday night for the 25th Anniversary Celebration for the Center for
08.21.17
[UPDATE] In a monumental victory for women’s reproductive rights in Chile, the government’s Constitutional Tribunal voted to decriminalize abortion in
10.17.17
Access to birth control should never depend on your income, job, university, or employer's opinions. That’s why we submitted a complaint in federal
10.12.17
Your voice counts – sign the petition now to urge the Costa Rican government to permit women to receive the medical care they need. 10.12.17 - When
07.07.17
What happens when you convene some of the nation’s brightest leaders in state reproductive health, rights, and justice in Washington, D.C.? The cro
06.27.17
One year ago, in June 2016, the Center for Reproductive Rights won the most significant abortion-access case at the Supreme Court in decades. The land
06.19.17
In another blow by the Trump administration, proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency would disproportionately affect low-income families,
06.13.17
Every year, as a result of Ireland’s abortion laws, thousands of women in the country must travel abroad to obtain legal abortion services. With one o
06.12.17
In a reckless move that will have life-threatening consequences for women around the world, President Donald Trump has released details about his expa
05.15.17
Texas has been a battleground for anti-abortion legislation for years, but the reopening of the Whole Woman’s Health clinic in Austin offers hope to c
05.15.17
In one of his first acts as president, Donald Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule, a destructive policy that prohibits overseas nongovernmental organ
04.18.17
When Guadalupe took her first job as a domestic worker she had high hopes for her future. She was thrilled to be earning her own money, and often drea
03.28.17
For many women, having a child is one of the best days of their lives. For Francisca, a young Chilean woman, it was both the best and worst day of
02.24.17
Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Rachel B. Tiven, chief executive of Lambda Legal, have dedicated their liv
10.28.16
With the soaring view of a New York City night skyline as a backdrop, Center for Reproductive Rights board chair Kathleen Tait welcomed 500 guests to
08.03.16
Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles—whose tenure at the magazine has been marked by a commitment to advancing women’s health issues—moderated an
07.05.16
To keep calm on the evening before the U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to issue a decision in the most significant abortion-related case in a quarter
06.29.16
Katia lives in El Salvador, one of several Latin American countries where the government has advised women to avoid pregnancy due to the spread of Zik
06.20.16
Across the United States, Black women die or suffer serious illness during and after childbirth in dramatically disproportionate numbers—three to four
06.17.16
(Updated 8.4.16) More than a dozen abortion restrictions have been introduced so far this legislative session in Louisiana. The governor recently sign
06.14.16
At 21 weeks pregnant, when Amanda Mellet was told the fetus she was carrying would not live due to a fatal chromosomal anomaly, she was given an uncon
06.06.16
When Laura, a college student in Oklahoma, found out she was pregnant, she knew immediately what she needed to do. “No question,” she remembers. “I
05.23.16
“There are women languishing around the country who cannot speak for themselves. Women who\'ve had services closed in their face. Poor women. College
05.23.16
Last week, 30-year-old Teresa held a photograph of her young son as she took the stand. She had been separated from him for three years after being wr
03.09.16
The crowd was already loud and dense at 8am in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last Wednesday, a sea of purple signs whipping in the bone-chilling win
02.26.16
“I’m hoping that what we’re seeing right now is the darkest night which will bring the brightest tomorrow,” says clinic owner Gloria Grey with tears i
02.22.16
Savannah remembers feeling “extremely uneasy” on the first day of her first year in college—and it wasn’t as simple as freshman jitters. She was he
12.17.15
Last week one of our clients, a woman known as K.L., traveled from Madrid, where she lives, back to her home country of Peru for a momentous event—the
12.14.15
With the recent clinic attack in Colorado, repeated congressional efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, and an upcoming abortion rights battle at the
12.03.15
When Cristina Quintanilla spoke into the microphone at last month’s Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) hearing in Washington, D.C., her
11.10.15
On a crisp fall evening in New York City, more than 350 guests gathered in the elegant lobby of the Museum of Modern Art for the annual celebration of
11.10.15
During what should have been an active, joyful time, young Karachi resident Kiran Sohail was plunged into almost a decade of suffering just days after
10.22.15
Please join us on October 30, 2015 at 9:00am at NYU School of Law for What’s the Harm?: Understanding Reproductive Injustice. This event is open
09.28.15
American women have been using legal medication abortion—an early abortion method that involves taking oral medication rather than having a surgical p
09.22.15
Instead of improving women’s health in any manner, laws that ban abortion at 20 weeks wrest fundamental decision-making rights from women and the heal
09.01.15
“I was hurting so bad I didn\'t know what to do with myself,” remembers Tiffany, who was forced to labor for hours in a basement hallway of the public
07.27.15
At age 15, Gita should have been cramming for math tests and gossiping with friends. Instead, she was forced to leave her family and the school she at
07.23.15
Five hundred dollars. That’s about what it costs for a woman to exercise her constitutional right to end a pregnancy in the United States—not includin
07.20.15
In just the first six months of 2015, three separate anti-choice bills arrived on the desk of Montana governor Steve Bullock. The intent of the measur
07.08.15
The audience clusters attentively around her as she describes a morning two years ago—taping a catheter to the inside of her thigh, lacing up her pink
07.08.15
On the first day of her first year in college, Savannah remembers feeling “extremely uneasy”—and it wasn’t just freshman jitters or homesickness. S
07.01.15
Faith is a nurse from San Antonio, Texas. She has a full life—a challenging job, a fiancé, two daughters, a house, a couple of dogs. She also has a se
05.28.15
In commemoration of the May 28 International Day of Action for Women's Health, the following organizations and individuals issue this joint statement
09.27.14
We would like to draw Congress’ attention to the tragic reality that serious and widespread violations of women’s rights are being committed under the
05.22.15
Last week the U.S. House passed a bill prohibiting most abortions after 20 weeks, with only narrow exceptions for women with life-threatening conditio
05.20.15
This past March, a 25-year-old woman suffering from terrible abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding sought emergency care at the hospital—where she was r
05.20.15
Tina Montales, her husband, and their eight children barely have enough to eat. A few rolls and coffee for breakfast. A couple of pounds of rice fo
05.12.15
Sensing an important need to cultivate new, cutting edge scholarship and teaching on reproductive health, rights and justice, the Center for Reproduct
05.12.15
The Center for Reproductive Rights and URGE: Unite for Reproductive &, Gender Equity strongly oppose measures that limit teens’ access to basic he
05.08.15
International outrage has been building since late last week, when The Daily Beast reported on the case of a pregnant 10-year-old in Paraguay who has
05.08.15
Over the last 15 years, Houston family lawyer Rita Lucido has seen just about everything when it comes to young women facing difficult situations.
05.05.15
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), in partnership with the Center for Reproductive Rights, will present the third annual Amer
04.18.15
On April 17, 2015, the Center cosponsored the 2015 Law Medicine Conference: The Rhetoric of Reproduction at Case Western University School of Law.&nbs
04.09.15
Join us on Monday, April 20th at 7pm EST for “Human Rights at Home and Abroad.” During this presentation, our speakers will explore the role of human
04.08.15
Last week, the state of Arizona further invaded the doctor-patient relationship when the governor signed a new law requiring abortion providers to inf
04.06.15
Last month, under the cover of night, a hooded intruder took a hatchet-like tool to the last abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi—smashing secu
03.26.15
On Monday, March 9, 2015, the forecast for the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas called for heavy rain and thundershowers—with dangerous flash flooding
03.10.15
This semester, the Center is pleased to honor the North Carolina Central University chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) with the C
03.10.15
We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 10th annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship co-sponsored by Law Students for
03.10.15
The Law School Initiative at the Center for Reproductive rights is excited to announce the 2015 Innovation in Scholarship Awardee, David S. Cohen.
03.05.15
Anti-choice politicians have pushed hundreds of different sham laws over the last few years, but all are designed to do just one thing: Make abortion
03.03.15
The notorious Texas law known as HB2 has closed more than half of the health clinics that provide abortion care in that state. Jodie Laubenberg, the s
03.03.15
Forced ultrasound. 72-hour waiting periods. Medically unnecessary clinic requirements. We often hear about the outrageousness of anti-abortion laws. W
02.27.15
Last week, Guadalupe spent her first night at home as a free woman following seven years in prison. After mounting international and local pressure pr
02.17.15
Extremist Colorado politicians are making a risky move with a new piece of sweeping anti-choice legislation that could actually end up alienating mode
02.17.15
We\'re partnering with the Law Students for Reproductive Rights to bring you another webinar series this spring! Join us for “The World's Abortion Law
02.06.15
If you don’t know where the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas is, get out a map. Trace your finger down to the southernmost point of the state where it
02.03.15
You’re invited to the upcoming symposium, “Reproductive Rights in a New Era: Transitioning from Casey to the 21st Century” on Friday, February 13th at
01.29.15
With one of the world’s most extreme abortion bans, El Salvador prohibits women from receiving an abortion under any circumstance—not in cases of rape
01.22.15
In a powerful op-ed on MSNBC.com, Center for Reproductive Rights president and CEO Nancy Northup takes stock of the continued fight for reproductive f
01.22.15
How much would we lose in a world without Roe v. Wade? Ask a woman who’s been there. Our Draw the Line storytelling project collects and share
01.20.15
Alex Lawrence is an attorney at Morrison &, Foerster who works pro bono with the Center for Reproductive Rights. He has personally logged 650 hour
01.12.15
“Why is there an RV in our parking lot?” Amy Hagstrom Miller, owner of Whole Woman’s Health, remembers thinking one morning as she looked out the wind
01.12.15
Days shy of 20 weeks pregnant, Whitney went in for a routine ultrasound and her world came to a standstill.  She could tell right away from th
01.09.15
Salon’s Jenny Kutner calls a new report released by the Guttmacher Institute charting legislative attacks on reproductive rights “foreboding.”  T
01.08.15
In a recent opinion piece, the New York Times praises a new policy—passed in December as part of the federal spending bill—that will ease the longstan
01.06.15
Watch this video from our President &, CEO, Nancy Northup: As the new year begins, our thoughts turn to our supporters like you—those who\'
12.23.14
In the face of ongoing, aggressive attacks on reproductive freedom in 2014, we continued to give our all to protect women’s fundamental rights—with bi
12.15.14
Lawmakers in South Carolina have pre-filed an assortment of new legislation aimed at making it harder for women to access legal abortion care and birt
12.03.14
Anti-choice state legislation has been alarmingly successful at limiting abortion access across the country over the last few years, writes CUNY Law P
01.13.15
For Roselyn, a reproductive health care worker in Uganda—where abortion is legal in some circumstances but very difficult to access—death is an everyd
11.25.14
A recent Wall Street Journal article takes a look at some of the big-picture issues around the recent tragedy in Bilaspur, India, where 13 women died
11.25.14
UPDATE: Following her conviction in November 2014, Nirmala’s case was appealed to the Penang High Court earlier this month. The judge determined that
11.22.14
“I was turned into someone’s wife before I knew what it meant to me,” remembers Rahar Maya Biswokarma, a Nepalese woman who was married off by her fam
11.21.14
The Center for Reproductive Rights works with the UN and civil society organizations at the forefront of key global advances in women’s reproductive a
11.21.14
A recent piece in the New York Times takes a look at the scope of President Obama’s bold Executive Order on immigration, which promises to shield up t
11.10.14
“At no point in her pregnancy should a woman lose her civil and human rights,” assert the authors of a recent op-ed in the New York Times. Written
10.30.14
With the glittering New York City evening skyline as a backdrop, the Center for Reproductive Rights hosted its third annual benefit Gala on October 29
10.30.14
How do racial disparities in health care affect women of color? This week, Ebony magazine took on the complex topic by hosting a Twitter chat featurin
10.30.14
As detailed in a piece this month from Mother Jones, Kenya has recently sentenced a licensed, registered nurse from Nairobi—Jackson Tali—to death afte
10.29.14
This Election Day, November 4, three states will be voting on ballot initiatives that would dangerously restrict access to legal abortion services. He
10.22.14
Join us for "Vote for Our Lives: What's at Stake for Black Women's Health", a Twitter chat with Ebony Magazine and SisterSong Women of Color Reproduct
12.19.14
Watch this video from our President &, CEO, Nancy Northup: As the year draws to a close, my thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made
10.10.14
Maureen, a maternal health advocate in Uganda, remembers losing her cousin—a young woman in her first year of university. During a secret abortion per
10.09.14
Center president and CEO Nancy Northup reflects on the consequences of abortion bans across the world in a thought-provoking MSNBC editorial this week
10.07.14
What’s next in the fight against the Texas legislation that has forced a historically unparalleled reduction of abortion services? Center for Reproduc
10.07.14
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) recently criticized India for failing to address hum
10.07.14
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (Committee) recently criticized India for a wide range of human rights violations, resulting f
10.06.14
The morning after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted an injunction, shuttering all but eight of Texas’s abortion clinics overnight, Nancy Northup
09.30.14
If she wasn’t your hero already, take a look at the interview Justice Ginsburg gave to Elle magazine for their October issue, and you might reconsider
09.30.14
Francisca, a young Chilean woman, describes the day her only son was born as the worst and the best day of her life. The best—for obvious reasons
09.29.14
MSNBC looked at the Center for Reproductive Rights’ new storytelling campaign Draw the Line, which shares the personal reproductive health experiences
09.29.14
Liposuction. Colonoscopy. Skin cancer excision. Vasectomy. A D&,C after a miscarriage. Childbirth. These are just a few of the many procedures
09.18.14
In a country like the United States, where attacks on a woman’s right to abortion are frequent, it sometimes seems that reproductive rights are everyw
09.11.14
Center for Reproductive Rights staff attorney, David Brown, appeared on ABC’s This Week in a feisty segment discussing the recent ruling out of Texas
08.26.14
Twenty-five thousand children worldwide, most of whom are girls, are married every day.  While many countries have laws that clearly prohibit a
08.14.14
In LaKeisha’s hometown of Atlanta, African American women die in childbirth at a rate more than three times the national average. Following an emergen
08.11.14
The Center is excited to announce Harvard law student Lisa Kelly as the 2014-2016 recipient of the Center for Reproductive Rights-Columbia Law School
08.06.14
Amen, Washington Post. The Post’s editorial board has written a dead-on opinion piece that breaks down the alarming trend of anti-choice legislation t
08.06.14
Center for Reproductive Rights President and CEO Nancy Northup appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show this week to discuss extremist politicians’ ongoing
08.05.14
A fascinating article from The Atlantic this month puts readers firmly on the ground in Texas, in middle of what the author calls “ground zero for sta
07.24.14
The numbers are disturbing. According to a recent UNICEF study, one in nine girls in the developing world will marry before age 15, one in three will
07.17.14
At the end of June, the Center for Reproductive Rights led an energized group of women’s health advocates to Capitol Hill to lobby for a piece of legi
07.15.14
Three prominent voices of the women’s reproductive rights movement knock it out of the park in a compelling interview over at Cosmopolitan.com this we
07.15.14
For years, extremist activists and politicians have offered up false science and feigned concern for women’s health as part of their strategy to limit
07.15.14
On the eve of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s historic hearing on the Women’s Health Protection Act, The New York Times has published an opinion piec
07.10.14
The Boston Globe reports this week on some of the first proposed legislative responses out of Massachusetts after last week’s disappointing Supreme Co
07.09.14
One thing that 2014 has proved so far: this fight isn’t over by a long shot. The assault on reproductive rights has not abated. State by state, we
07.02.14
Center for Reproductive Rights President and CEO Nancy Northup did a round of press interviews following the shocking U.S. Supreme Court decision in t
07.01.14
At the abortion clinic in Colorado where Klaira works, it is not at all uncommon to see out-of-state patients. Some come from as far away as North Dak
06.18.14
“How can we balance our love of the game with our commitment to human rights?” asks Human Rights Watch Deputy Director, Iain Levine, in his timely opi
06.16.14
The practice of genital mutilation, while deeply embedded in a number of African and Middle Eastern cultures, has been banned in the United States for
06.09.14
Manuela’s story is the stuff of nightmares. The young mother from El Salvador had not been feeling well for several years. She sought medical attentio
06.06.14
In a frank and unsettling segment of her show, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry talks to journalist Irin Carmon and the Center for Reproductive Rights’ Po
06.06.14
Writer Katie McDonough’s recent article at Salon.com discusses the ludicrous logic behind proposed legislation in Ohio to ban insurers—both public and
05.20.14
Imagine that a group of state legislators didn\'t like a particular religious denomination and decided to run it out of state by enacting new ­buildin
05.15.14
In the latest erosion of reproductive rights in the U.S., the Missouri senate has voted to triple the length of the current 24-hour waiting period req
05.13.14
Each year, International NGO Save the Children releases a report ranking the wellbeing of mothers and children in 178 countries around the world. An a
05.07.14
A provocative blog post at Ms. Magazine this week addresses some tough questions around the abduction and sexual enslavement
04.30.14
Amanda Allen, our State Legislative Counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, appeared this past Sunday on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show to d
05.06.14
When Peace Corps Volunteer Christine Carcano was raped during her service in Peru, she confronted a mountain of challenges to overcome the experience:
05.05.14
This week The Star Online, a Malaysian-based newspaper, explores the personal impact of the Philippine Supreme Court’s landmark decision to uphold a l
04.30.14
In an April 21 article, Rolling Stone criticizes the state of Arizona as posing “some of the gravest threats to reproductive freedom” in the country,
04.17.14
Update: A state judge just temporarily reinstated the two doctors\' admitting privileges. But the fight is far from over. The case is still moving for
04.16.14
Weighing in at Slate this past week writer Amanda Marcotte notes some unwelcome movement in the Tennessee legislature that would try to criminalize a
04.09.14
The May edition of Essence magazine takes a look at what’s at stake for African-American women in the battle over reproductive rights. With extremist
04.01.14
Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center), in collaboration with Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ), is pleased to announce the winners of
03.31.14
When Marva Sadler started out in health care, her job was to save lives. She was a paramedic in Waco, TX, and she worked on a truck responding to emer
03.17.14
Just weeks ago, the Center filed suit against Arizona because of a new law that we believe will deny women the many advantages of having a safe non-su
03.14.14
  The evidence is staggering. Never has there been so much data about the impact contraception can have—the ways in which it improves women
03.13.14
It’s nearly impossible to go through this life and not encounter a serious medical issue. In those moments of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty, we despe
03.10.14
Earlier this year France was the latest to join a handful of progressive countries to expand access to reproductive health services — with its Nationa
03.07.14
The United States government, like all nations that have ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), must periodically
03.06.14
Amy Hagstrom Miller, owner of Whole Woman’s Health and our client, appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show last night to deliver devastating news: the unco
02.07.14
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wants to make most abortions in his country illegal. If he succeeds, Spain will become only the second country in
02.19.14
Great piece over the weekend from Talking Points Memo writer Nicole Beisel. Beisel takes a look at a recent storyline on the popular television show “
02.19.14
After receiving a number of “nasty” messages from anti-choice activists, a blogger in Ireland got angry, and then decided to raise her voice. Accordin
02.05.14
Dee Dee Bridgewater had an illegal abortion. Forty-six years in her past, and she still feels the pain and humiliation of having to seek unsafe health
01.30.14
We are very excited to report the launch of the Health and Human Rights Syllabus Database. Compiled by the Program on Global Health &, Human
02.05.14
Join the Center for Reproductive Rights, Ipas and LSRJ for a three -part conversation on abortion access abroad.   Tuesday, February 11th a
01.24.14
(PRESS RELEASE) Today, Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh ordered the government of Haryana to res
01.24.14
An Oklahoma state court judge threw out a recently passed law that tried to reinstate unnecessary governmental barriers to emergency contraception. Th
01.22.14
Politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives have already made it clear that—once again—one of their top priorities for the new year will be to co
01.22.14
It has been 41 years to the day since the U.S. Supreme Court, in its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, recognized the constitutional right of all women t
01.14.14
Over the past year, we have had to double the size of our team of attorneys and experts who track state legislation and policy. And the reason why cou
12.17.13
  Dear Speaker Bolger and Senator Richardville, We strongly urge you to allow Michigan voters to decide whether they support the initiative
11.21.13
Ida was getting “desperate.” The mother of two had received a year’s supply of contraception from a family planning clinic in Texas’s Lower Rio Grande
11.21.13
Twenty-eight-year-old Alyne de Silva Pimentel, a poor Afro-Brazilian woman with a young daughter, was six months pregnant with her second child when s
11.19.13
No great leaps in medical technology will ever alter the reality that a certain percentage of pregnancies fail for natural, unavoidable reasons. What
11.14.13
On Nov 13, the Center for Reproductive Rights joined with the Irish organization Doctors for Choice to stand with three women who were forced to leave
10.30.13
There was much to celebrate at the Center for Reproductive Rights 2013 Annual Gala. In the previous 30 hours, we secured crucial victories for women i
10.22.13
This semester, the Center is pleased to honor the Tulane University Law School chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) with the Center
10.10.13
At a time when girls in many countries are thinking about their math homework or planning their next birthday party, Rahar Maya Biswokarma was trying
10.09.13
Last month, the first case to be developed by the Center for Reproductive Rights’ South Asia Reproductive Justice and Accountability Initiative (SARJA
10.16.13
For the first time in history, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution dedicated to ending the blight of child marriage. Over 100
10.03.13
Think back to your teenage years—the angst of “fitting in” or of capturing the attention of your latest crush. Now imagine going to school every day u
09.26.13
Transforming this nation’s reproductive rights landscape, to one in which all women have access to the full range of reproductive health care, will re
09.18.13
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) invite submissions for the ninth annual Sarah Weddington Wri
09.10.13
As the world moves forward with negotiating a post 2015 development agenda, this event will give states, UN agencies, and non-governmental organizatio
09.09.13
On October 11, 2013, the Center will co-sponsor “Beyond Roe: Reproductive Justice in a Changing World” at Rutgers School of Law – Camden. This day-lon
09.06.13
Aurora was on the way to her friend’s house when the bleeding started. She was pregnant. The visit with her friend was supposed to be celebratory,
08.20.13
After a decade-long battle led by the Center for Reproductive Rights, in June this year the US Food and Drug Administration finally approved the emerg
08.19.13
Great speech from Mark Ruffalo over the weekend. The actor wrote a letter that was read at an abortion rights rally in Jackson, Mississippi, recountin
08.07.13
Maureen, a maternal health advocate in Uganda, lost her young cousin under tragic, but entirely preventable circumstances. The young woman learned tha
08.06.13
“Supreme Court’s Decisions on Reproductive Health and Rights,” launched in June 2013, is the latest publication from the Asia Program at the Center fo
07.16.13
Dr. Traci Nauser didn\'t go to medical school so she could become a reproductive rights activist, and for most of her career she has been able to focu
07.02.13
In May 2013, the Committee against Torture conducted its periodic review of the human rights situation in Kenya, assessing the country's compliance wi
07.02.13
In March 2013, the Center for Reproductive Rights submitted its first-ever shadow letter on Rwanda to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social
07.01.13
There was a time not long ago when those of us dedicated to protecting reproductive freedom viewed the surge in attacks of 2011 as an aberration, an e
06.25.13
After a woman suffers painful and terrifying complications during the last hours of childbirth, the worst is usually over for her. That wasn\'t the
06.21.13
On Capitol Hill, in the space of just a few hours, it's possible to witness some of the ugliest hostility toward women's reproductive rights in close
06.20.13
As the director of the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo, the only reproductive health care provider still offering abortion care in the entire state
06.17.13
On June 13, 2013, the Center for Reproductive Rights, in partnership with the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), presented the fi
06.13.13
Technically, abortion has been legal in Ireland for two decades, but under extremely narrow circumstances. In practical terms, though, legal exception
06.12.13
The Center is thrilled to launch Gender and Sexuality in Latin America - Cases and Decisions, an English language translation of La Mirada de los
05.31.13
The Center’s president and CEO, Nancy Northup, reflects on the agonizing plight of an El Salvadoran woman known publicly as Beatriz, who for many week
05.22.13
The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act included a mandate for employers to provide copay-free contraception to its workers, effectively p
05.21.13
Dear President Obama: You made a promise to the women of the United States last year on the campaign trail—and just a few weeks ago, you said it ag
05.21.13
When Amanda Kellet and James Burke went to a Dublin hospital for their 21-week ultrasound, they were looking forward to finding out whether they were
05.21.13
El Comité de Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas recientemente criticó a Perú por una amplia gama de violaciones de derechos reproductivos, incluy
05.08.13
Just weeks after issuing a landmark decision in the Center’s epic battle to make emergency contraception available to all women without a prescription
05.03.13
Since the day the United States Supreme Court found in Roe v. Wade constitutional protections for women's right to decide whether to continue or end a
04.25.13
Maria Couevas is anything but a quitter. The facts of this story will prove that out. But the most brutal fact of all is that the state of Louisiana,
04.23.13
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) recently issued concluding observations from its February review of
04.19.13
The story of Polish daughter and mother P and S is deeply complicated. P, a teenager, was raped and became pregnant as a consequence. She wanted to te
04.09.13
As a mother, I can understand the visceral reaction of many parents to the idea of teens having direct access to emergency contraception. But as th
04.10.13
Jackson Women’s Health Organization—Mississippi’s last abortion clinic—could be just weeks away from closing its doors. Governor Phil Bryant and the o
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This story started more than a decade ago. From the time the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved emergency contraception for use, millio
04.04.13
As of April 1, women in France who need an abortion can get one without worrying about whether they can afford it. The government will pay 100 percent
03.22.13
This newly updated Undue Burden Module serves to break down Casey’s undue burden standard, to analyze its separate components, and to introduce studen
03.22.13
This month, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee) condemned Hungary for two types of abortion restrictio
03.19.13
The most unpopular Congress in history didn\'t take that title by accident or through a stroke of bad luck. The 112th Congress, which came to an end j
03.18.13
Northern Ireland, a country with limited abortion options, has just one private abortion clinic, which opened in 2012. This week, the Northern Ireland
03.13.13
Last week, President Obama signed the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which funds support groups for and prosecution of violent crim
03.12.13
Rana Jaleel is the latest recipient of the two-year Center for Reproductive Rights-Columbia Law School Fellowship, a full-time academic position desig
03.07.13
This week, Juan Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, presented a g
03.07.13
Yesterday, a legislature of extremists in Arkansas ignored the governor, ignored broad national support for the right to abortion, ignored the United
03.06.13
This month, national leaders, diplomats, and human rights defenders from around the world gathered in Geneva to attend the 22nd session of the United
02.22.13
Arkansas is moments away from becoming the state with the most extreme abortion ban in the country. On February 21, 2013, the House of Representati
01.31.13
Just when you thought the opponents of reproductive freedom couldn\'t get any more radical, they outdo themselves. An organization that pushes for so-
01.17.13
This month, we celebrate a pivotal moment in our country's history. Forty years ago, the United States Supreme Court changed the destinies of millions
01.15.13
At the end of November 2012, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) expressed its concern about a systemic pattern of sexual ab
01.09.13
Put 2012 against any year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, in 1973, and you would be hard pressed to find a period that offered as ma
01.08.13
In August, the Center for Reproductive Rights submitted a shadow letter to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee) regar
01.08.13
It is common practice for anti-choice legislators to sugarcoat their motives for passing laws that choke off access to reproductive health care. Michi
12.18.12
A landmark reproductive health bill that has been in the making for more than a decade was passed just days ago in both the Philippines House of Repre
12.18.12
A reproductive health bill that has been in the making for more than a decade was passed in both the Philippines House of Representatives and the Sena
12.14.12
Today, with the recent passage of House Bill 5711, Michigan joins the ranks of a number of other states waging war on reproductive health. The bill
12.13.12
Texas has some of the most abysmal reproductive health indicators in the U.S. It ranks #4 in highest teenage pregnancy rates, yet Texas still chose to
12.11.12
A federal court halted North Carolina's offering of an anti-choice license plate to state drivers, according to a story in the Fayetteville Observer:
12.07.12
Human rights defenders stand up and speak out to defend the rights of everyone. Unfortunately, human rights defenders can be targeted by those who per
12.07.12
That is where the passion and commitment of human rights defenders lies. They safeguard people of certain races or ethnicities, women, sexual minoriti
12.07.12
Imagine you go to the hospital or a doctor's office and receive the treatment that you need to stay healthy. On your way out the door, you are given a
11.27.12
Two organizations that represent tens of thousands of doctors in separate medical fields have publicly expressed their support for expanded access to
11.21.12
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) finished its periodic reports on Chile and, in October, issue
11.21.12
2012-2014 CRR-CLS Fellow Margaux Hall recently published “From Bribery to Empowerment,” an op-ed inspired by her legal work on foreign bribery investi
11.20.12
Last month, Savita Halapannavar arrived at Galway Hospital 17 weeks into her pregnancy and suffering from severe back pains. Doctors informe
11.19.12
Across the country, anti-choice legislators have tried to choke off access to medication abortion, especially its use through telemedicine. They have
11.19.12
This week, elected officials in Texas began pre-filing some of the bills they hope to pass during the 2013 legislative session. A pre-filing certainly
11.19.12
This week the European Court of Human Rights issued a disappointing judgment in Z v. Poland, a case brought by a mother, known as Z, on behalf of her
11.06.12
In the months leading up to this election, hundreds of thousands of Americans stood up to demand an end to the relentless onslaught of attacks on wome
11.06.12
When I tell people that I work on reproductive rights, most immediately assume I\'m engaged in partisan election battles. "Nope," I respond, "I\'m wor
11.06.12
In a notorious case a 14-year-old Polish woman was repeatedly denied abortion after having been raped. A gross violation of her human rights, the Euro
11.05.12
For all of the debate about whether abortion should be allowed for victims of rape, there hasn\'t been much discussion about the actual consequences o
11.02.12
When lawmakers in Uruguay recently passed a law that decriminalized abortion in the early stages of a pregnancy, they did more than improve the health
10.25.12
Even in a city that buzzes at all hours of every day, there was a palpable concentration of energy and urgency at the Center for Reproductive Rights I
10.22.12
This week, Uruguay took an extremely important step when its President signed into law a bill allowing abortion services during the first trimester of
10.16.12
A presidential election tends to suck up most of the oxygen from any current-events discussion, and this year is certainly no different. The upcoming
10.01.12
Reproductive rights issues are frequently raised in the debates, but too often, the questions are softballs or the moderators don’t push back enough t
09.28.12
Uruguay is very close to becoming one of the few countries in Latin America to legalize abortion in the early stages of pregnancy. The country's Chamb
09.27.12
In 2008, Manuela, a 33-year-old mother of two from El Salvador, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison after suffering severe com
09.21.12
On September 20, 2012, 2011-2013 CRR-CLS Fellow, Erez Aloni, published "The Future of Our Relationships" on the Huffington Post. In this blog, he
09.20.12
Yet another clear argument for comprehensive science-based sex education for young people in this country. A new survey finds that young adult women
09.19.12
When he signed it into law in April this year, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant lauded House Bill No. 1390 as the "first step" to making Mississippi t
09.12.12
The Guardian publishes an interesting column from Turkish novelist Elif Shafak about a controversial rape case in her country. In the piece, Shafak ar
09.11.12
Update: The Virginia Board of Health caved under intense political pressure from the state’s governor and attorney general this afternoon. The panel v
09.05.12
Miguel and Ileana worked together for one year at a car dealership in the late 1980s. They fell for each other in 1989 and in love shortly thereafter.
08.29.12
The opponents of reproductive rights are once again calling for a "human life" amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Of course, the Constitution already
08.16.12
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Earlier this year, one member of Canada's Parliament tried to start a fire. The fuel for that blaze was women's reproductive rights, and more specific
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Which of the following disingenuous arguments have been used to advance laws aimed at cutting off access to critical reproductive health care—while
08.09.12
In August 2011, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) struck a blow for women worldwide when it reco
08.01.12
Beginning on August 1, 2012, millions of women across the United States can begin to access a wide range of affordable preventive and reproductive hea
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Our partners at the National Women's Law Center have graciously let us share this Fact Sheet with you. Please visit their website for more details on
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Our partners at the National Women's Law Center have graciously let us share this Fact Sheet with you. Please visit their website for more details on
07.26.12
A New York Times editorial is calling on a federal judge to block an abortion ban recently passed in Arizona. The Center for Reproductive Rights file
07.26.12
07.26.12 -&nbsp;CNN.com is reporting that a pregnant teenager in the Dominican Republic is being denied cancer treatment because of the country's abor
07.24.12
In April, Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed into law one of the most extreme abortion bans in recent memory. The Center took action in July to st
07.20.12
07.20.12 -&nbsp;In a recent opinion piece from the International Herald Tribune, more evidence of the benefits of low-cost birth control were clearly
07.18.12
As the only global legal advocacy group dedicated to the advancement of reproductive rights worldwide, the Center set a goal several years ago to esta
07.17.12
Anti-choice legislators have proven time and again their disregard for principle or consistency in their approach to important issues. Jezebel documen
07.17.12
There's no question that 2011 was a truly seismic year for reproductive rights in the U.S. More than 60 laws damaging women's access to reproductive h
07.13.12
This July, the Center for Reproductive Rights is fighting in two federal courts—in Mississippi and now Arizona—to block extremely hostile anti-choice
07.11.12
Anti-choice legislators in Texas have long been in the business of violating reproductive rights, demonstrated ever so bluntly last year when they pus
07.11.12
BREAKING: The judge in our case is extending the temporary restraining order against the Mississippi law seeking to shut down the state’s last remaini
07.10.12
Anne wanted only to get the education that would be the path to a better life. Instead she wound up in a prison in Rwanda, where women have for years
07.10.12
Anne wanted only to get the education that would be the path to a better life. Instead she wound up in a prison in Rwanda, where women have for years
06.29.12
Practice and repetition do not always guarantee success. Just take a look at the personhood movement for proof. The concept that fertilized eggs shoul
06.29.12
As the founders of the Center for Reproductive Rights prepared to argue Planned Parenthood v. Casey before the U.S. Supreme Court 20 years ago, there
06.28.12
The news out of Washington today is excellent for women across the United States. The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is
06.27.12
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other reproductive right opponents regularly proclaim that respect for religious liberty requires "conscie
06.27.12
On July 1st, Mississippi becomes the first state in the country with no abortion clinic. The Mississippi Department of Health is forcing Jackson Wo
06.21.12
Millions of women receive their health insurance through Catholic-affiliated businesses. And yet, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wants to
06.19.12
It's been four months since the national debate over women's access to copay-free birth control and religious freedom exploded. In February, the Ob
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06.15.12
Twenty years ago on June 15, 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights opened its doors. &nbsp;A small team of lawyers had a vision to start an organiz
06.11.12
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—&nb
06.06.12
This week, news surfaced that a conservative congressional spokesperson called for action against women lawmakers who are fighting the war on women—in
06.01.12
A human rights committee within the United Nations has called the government of Peru to the carpet. The country has a long history of public health
06.01.12

The so-called “Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act” failed to get the two-thirds majority vote needed to pass in the House of Representatives. Sponsors
05.30.12
On May 3, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights released an exhaustive report on the state of the country's sexual and reproductive rights. An
05.25.12
Rock your body rights at Netroots Nation this year. &nbsp; We\'ll be throwing an all-night dance party with hip-hop, 80s, disco, original mashups an
05.24.12

Three years ago, Nepal’s Supreme Court (SC) catapulted the nation to the forefront of the global women’s rights movement by unequivocally ruling that
05.18.12
On May 17, 2012, the Center for Reproductive Rights held a demonstration on the steps of the Honduran Congress. Our mission: to stop the government fr
05.14.12

Today, a court delivered another stinging rebuke to the Oklahoma legislature, striking down the government’s latest attempt to choke off women’s acces
05.01.12

With a unanimous decision yesterday by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, the Center for Reproductive Rights has won our legal challenge to strike down a bal
04.26.12

The rules on who can get emergency contraception without a prescription are confusing. They don’t need to be, and they shouldn’t be, not for a drug de
04.23.12

Can you imagine living in a country where women are thrown in jail for using emergency contraception—even if they were raped? This heinous law is c
04.19.12

The war against women is overrun with hostile combatants and legislative weapons of every form, and certain anti-choice measures naturally grab more s
04.19.12

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03.29.12

Here we go again. Anti-choice extremists in Oklahoma are shooting for the pinnacle of reproductive rights rollbacks—a personhood amendment to the s
03.28.12

When it comes to fighting for reproductive rights, there’s often no sweeter word than “unconstitutional.” It’s sounding especially sweet today: A d
03.23.12

Every year, tens of thousands of women are lured to crisis pregnancy centers in the U.S. They go having made a difficult decision to have an abortion,
03.14.12

The new federal requirement that private health insurance cover the cost of birth control has generated much heated controversy these last few weeks:
03.12.12

The much-loved political cartoon "Doonesbury" ran an entire week of comic strips focusing on mandatory ultrasound laws beginning on March 12, 2012. Mo
03.09.12

Progressive lawmakers across the country are speaking out against invasive policies governing women’s personal health decisions by introducing s
03.01.12

Moments ago, the U.S. Senate voted 51 to 48 to block the Blunt amendment—an extreme legislative effort to allow any employer to refuse coverage of any
02.27.12

The Obama Administration’,s recently announced policy to require insurers to cover contraception as women’,s preventive health care has prompted many
02.27.12

The Obama Administration’,s recently announced policy to require insurers to cover contraception as women’,s preventive health care has prompted many
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The Obama Administration’s recently announced policy to require insurers to cover contraception as women’s preventive health care has prompted many ov
02.27.12

The Obama Administration’s recently announced policy to require insurers to cover contraception as women’s preventive health care has prompted many ov
02.27.12

The Obama Administration’s recently announced policy to require insurers to cover contraception as women’s preventive health care has prompted many ov
02.27.12

The Obama Administration’s recently announced policy to require insurers to cover contraception as women’s preventive health care has prompted many ov
02.27.12

The Obama Administration’s recently announced policy to require insurers to cover contraception as women’s preventive health care has prompted many ov
02.27.12

The Obama Administration’s recently announced policy to require insurers to cover contraception as women’s preventive health care has prompted many ov
02.27.12

The Obama Administration’s recently announced policy to require insurers to cover contraception as women’s preventive health care has prompted many ov
02.27.12

The Obama Administration's recently announced policy to require insurers to cover contraception as women's preventive health care has prompted many ov
02.07.12

On January 20, the Obama Administration demonstrated that it wouldn’t allow religiously affiliated organizations to dodge their responsibility for the
02.02.12

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01.27.12
The women who come to the Red River Women’s Clinic, in Fargo, N.D., arrive with a range of reasons for choosing medication that induces abortion:
01.18.12

As 2011 wound down, we reconciled a year of unprecedented attacks on reproductive rights in the U.S. against the Center’s seven huge court victories t
03.04.12
In July 2012, the Center for Reproductive Rights will reach the next milestone in its ongoing South Asia Reproductive Justice and Accountability Initi
01.18.12

Thank you so much for your generous donation to the Center for Reproductive Rights! A receipt has been sent to your email account. The future of re
01.18.12

Every year, anti-choice state legislators propose hundreds of measures intended to erode women’s rights to abortion and reproductive health care. Som
01.17.12

Utterly disappointing news came out of Texas last week: A federal appeals court decided that women can\'t be trusted with decisions about their reprod
01.03.12

Twenty years ago, the Center for Reproductive Rights laid a new cornerstone in the construction of a better future for women worldwide. In the same
12.16.11

In July 2011, the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) urged the governments of Nepal, Costa Rica, and Zamb
12.09.11

“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 Righ
12.06.11

A woman living with HIV in Chile is forcibly sterilized while unconscious and undergoing a cesarean delivery. A Kenyan woman, along with her newbor
12.01.11

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 ste
12.01.11

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 st
11.29.11

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 co
11.21.11

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
11.17.11
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 high
11.15.11
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, su
11.08.11

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11.04.11

&nbsp; Thank you so much for your generous donation to the Center for Reproductive Rights! A receipt has been sent to your email account. Your s
11.03.11

Last week, the General Assembly of the United Nations heard a blunt, emphatic message: No longer should the world tolerate the tragic, avoidable death
11.02.11

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 f
11.02.11

Amid a nationwide onslaught of attacks on women’s health and constitutionally protected reproductive rights, the Mississippi “personhood” amendment, a
10.27.11

&nbsp; Thank you so much for your generous donation to the Center for Reproductive Rights! A receipt has been sent to your email account. Your s
10.25.11

For nearly 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has stood up for women around the globe, winning landmark victories that secure vital protecti
10.25.11
Six years ago this week, the Center for Reproductive Rights won a groundbreaking victory for the women of Peru and around the world . For the first
10.05.11

This month, the Center for Reproductive Rights sent a strong letter in opposition to proposed legislative changes related to abortion that, if passed,
09.29.11

In the heat of the current political climate, amid rampant assaults on reproductive rights across the United States, it’s easy to lose sight of the pr
09.29.11

Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partners went to court to uphold the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship. We’re challenging
09.29.11

For the third year running, the UN's Human Rights Council has focused its attention on the global problem of preventable maternal mortality and morbid
09.26.11

Around the world, the unmet need for safe and effective contraceptive services is staggering: Roughly 215 million women in developing countries rely o
09.26.11

Today marks the ninth anniversary of the historic 11th Amendment to the Muluki Ain, Nepal Country Code, that decriminalized abortion in Nepal.&nbsp;
08.22.11

While human rights bodies and governments around the world have recognized maternal mortality as a human rights concern, the Indian Government has con
08.16.11

Alyne da Silva Pimentel would have been 37 years old today if Brazil’s government had honored its responsibility to protect her fundamental human righ
08.15.11

No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest To enter, fill in the information on this page. There is no limit on t
08.15.11

Following our big victory in Texas, we’re congratulating two more winners: David P. from Texas and Lawrence A. from California, who won our cartoon ca
08.10.11

What’s the worst thing about bad ideas? They’re catching. Once one state passes a new anti-choice law—no matter how outrageously invasive or uncons
07.26.11

Having trouble taking our quiz? Our apologies! We\'ve been working with our quiz provider to resolve the issue, which happens for a small number of us
07.19.11

Two NYPD unions, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) and the Detectives’ Endowment Association (DEA) offer prescription health insurance plan
07.15.11

Attacks to reproductive rights have been in the news non-stop this year—but how much do you really know? Take our short quiz and find out! As a bonus,
06.10.11

On May 20, 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law an intrusive and patronizing bill that will prevent a woman from getting an abortion unless
06.01.11

For the first time in its history, the European Court of Human Rights specifically found that an&nbsp;abortion-related violation amounted to inhumane
05.04.11

Since 1992, the Center's innovative legal work has fundamentally transformed the landscape of reproductive health and rights worldwide, and has alread
04.25.11

Announcing the 2011-2013 CRR-CLS Fellow, Erez Aloni!&nbsp; Erez will graduate from the Penn Law doctoral program this spring. At Penn, Erez is a Lectu
04.14.11

Since 1992, the Center's innovative legal work has fundamentally transformed the landscape of reproductive health and rights worldwide, and has alread
03.14.11

Around the world, the unmet need for safe and effective contraceptive services is staggering: Roughly 215 million women in developing countries rely o
03.14.11

For too many Slovak women, modern contraceptives remain tragically out of reach, according to a new report released by the Center and its partners Fre
03.04.11

As the U.S. Congress launches one of the most vicious attacks against women’s health in recent history, the Supreme Court of Nepal has officially issu
03.01.11

In a recent decision in the case of Lakshmi Dhikta v. Nepal, the Supreme Court of Nepal ruled that the country’s government must guarantee access to s
02.23.11

For the second time in less than a year, the Delhi High Court in India has ordered the local state government to ensure that every pregnant woman has
02.08.11

On Wednesday, February 9, the Energy and Commerce Committee will hear testimony on Rep. Joe Pitts\'&nbsp;"Protect Life Act"&nbsp;(H.R. 358). The&nbsp;
02.01.11

The&nbsp;New York Times&nbsp;recently described anti-choice bills being introduced across the country as "reckless", "highly intrusive", and building
01.21.11

Since 1992, the Center's innovative legal work has fundamentally transformed the landscape of reproductive health and rights worldwide, and has alread
01.12.11

In the United States, state legislatures wield enormous power to control women’s access to abortion and other reproductive healthcare services. Each y
01.10.11

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court struck down Texas’s criminal abortion laws, finding that the right to decide whether to have a ch
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12.27.10 - This fall, three UN treaty monitoring bodies urged the governments of Ecuador, Uganda and Nicaragua to take steps to promote, protect and f
12.16.10

Since 1992, the Center's innovative legal work has fundamentally transformed the landscape of reproductive health and rights worldwide, and has alread
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No woman should have to risk her life because she cannot get the essential reproductive care she deserves. This tenet is the cornerstone of the Center
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12.09.10

December 10 is Human Rights Day and a time to remind the world of the importance of taking a stand for reproductive rights. Sixty-two years ago this D
12.01.10

Since 1992, the Center's innovative legal work has fundamentally transformed the landscape of reproductive health and rights worldwide, and has alread
12.01.10

12.1.10 - On this World AIDS Day, the Center is urging governments to protect the sexual and reproductive rights of women living with HIV. Significant
11.18.10

The Center applauds the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (PCHR) for its strong statement calling for the revocation of Manila City's ban on contr
11.17.10

12.8.10 - After the midterm elections, Republican leaders are claiming a mandate to undo healthcare reform. Last Friday, there was an opportunity to l
11.16.10

For more than a year and a half, the FDA and the Obama Administration has ignored a court order to reconsider its refusal to make emergency contracept
11.15.10

Teva, the manufacturer of the emergency contraceptive (EC) Plan B, announced that it filed an application with the FDA requesting that EC be available
11.15.10

11.15.10 - Tomorrow afternoon, Nancy Northup, President of the Center for Reproductive Rights, will be testifying before the New York City Council in
11.10.10

Since 1992, the Center's innovative legal work has fundamentally transformed the landscape of reproductive health and rights worldwide, and has alread
10.22.10

Thank you so much for registering for "Are Your Reproductive Rights on the Line?" A confirmation has been emailed to you. We look forward to seeing yo
10.21.10

Since its inception, the Center for Reproductive Rights has catalyzed the power of law and the moral force of human rights standards to attain reprodu
10.15.10

More women than ever before are living with HIV around the world, and too many of them suffer cruel reproductive rights violations. The Center's newes
10.08.10

This week, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child&nbsp; (CRC) sent a clear and urgent message to Nicaragua: adolescents must have acc
09.22.10

Did you know that the average U.S. woman who wants two children will spend five years pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, and 30 years trying to avoi
09.21.10

How does Hyde affect a woman, the family she is working to take care of, and her community? This is the story that the new report, Whose Choice? How t
09.17.10

When abortion was first legalized in 1973, federal funds were available to low-income women seeking medically necessary abortions who were reliant on
09.17.10

&nbsp; Requests for interviews: Dionne Scott, Senior Press Officer (917) 637-3649 dscott@reprorights.org If you are a reporter working on d
09.14.10

As world leaders gather in New York for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit from September 20-22, the Center for Reproductive Rights is urgi
09.13.10

One in 10 women in the United States depends on Medicaid for their healthcare coverage. But, because of a 1976 measure called the Hyde Amendment more
09.13.10

Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has been used to ban the federal government from spending money on abortion with very few exceptions. This means that l
08.30.10

Every year, anti-choice state legislators propose measures intended to restrict women's access to abortion, including mandatory delays, biased counsel
08.24.10

Your Name: Your Email: &nbsp;(we will not record your email) If you wish, ent
08.19.10

During a trip to the Philippines last spring, the Center endeavored to document the sights and experiences of women living under the country's blanket
08.10.10

The Center is proud to present its groundbreaking report, "Defending Human Rights: Abortion Providers Facing Threats, Restrictions, and Harassment."
08.03.10

Thank you for joining the Center's email list. You can look forward to receiving breaking news on the issues you care about, and the latest informatio
07.30.10

The Center for Reproductive Rights is the world's expert in using constitutional and international human rights law to secure women's access to qualit
07.30.10

Criminal bans on abortion are harmful not only to women but also undermine entire health systems. The report, Forsaken Lives: The Harmful Impact of th
07.29.10

Around the world, laws and policies stigmatize and discriminate against people living with HIV/AIDS, violating their human rights. In reaction to this
07.14.10

07.14.10

Requests for interviews: Dionne Scott, Senior Press Officer (917) 637-3649 dscott@reprorights.org If you are a reporter working on deadline du
07.14.10

Criminal bans on abortion are harmful not only to women but also undermine entire health systems. The report, Forsaken Lives: The Harmful Impact of th
07.14.10

The Philippines is one of the few countries in the world to criminalize abortion in all circumstances with no clear exceptions. As a consequence, wo
07.13.10

As a Visiting Scholar with the Center's Law School Initiative, Linda Fentiman spent the spring and summer of 2010 studying the social and legal constr
07.08.10

Pregnant with their third child, Timothy and Dawn Mosher never thought they would seek an abortion. But five months into Dawn's pregnancy, doctors dia
06.23.10

Anti-choice groups have set up facilities all over the country with names like "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs), "pregnancy resource centers," or "pr
06.18.10

6.30.10 - Nancy Northup, CRR President, Available to Comment on Kagan Hearings and Abortion Rights 6.21.10 - CRR Legal Analysis of Elena Kagan's Ab
05.27.10

An article in the recent&nbsp; Lancet, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, announced a global decrease in maternal deaths from 526,300 in 1980 to
05.25.10

From June 7-9, the Center for Reproductive Rights joined more than 2,000 women, advocates, donors, government representatives and experts from 115 cou
05.20.10

One year ago today, May 20, 2010, the Nepal Supreme Court ordered the government of Nepal to enact a comprehensive abortion law guaranteeing that all
05.10.10

The Center for Reproductive Rights has released a legal analysis of Solicitor General Elena Kagan's record on abortion rights. The analysis is base
05.10.10

Liz Sepper is the second recipient of the two-year Center for Reproductive Rights-Columbia Law School Fellowship, which prepares recent law school gra
05.07.10

05.07.10 - Earlier today, a longtime legal challenge against a 1999 Arizona law regulating abortion providers has come to a close and a 10-year stay b
05.03.10

USAID funds must not be used to roll back historic wins for women's reproductive health and rights in Colombia — this is the message that the Center r
04.21.10

The Center for Reproductive Rights is deeply saddened by the death of the legendary civil rights leader, educator and women's activist Dr. Dorothy Hei
04.13.10

On Thursday, April 8, Francis W. Hatch, a founding Board Member of the Center for Reproductive Rights, Honorary Trustee, and former Republican minorit
04.07.10

Earlier this month during a G8* meeting of foreign ministers in Gatineau, Quebec, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Britain's Secretary of State
04.02.10

Professor Fentiman joined the Center as a Visiting Scholar for spring 2010 while on sabbatical from Pace University School of Law where she teaches Co
04.02.10

Isabel Jaramillo, Professor at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia is a Visiting Scholar at the Center this spring. Professor Jaramillo i
04.01.10

During the first decade of the 21st century, emerging international legal standards provided broad support for reproductive health as a right essentia
03.30.10

Around the world, restrictive laws and policies force women to resort to unsafe abortions, often with disastrous consequences. In honor of World Healt
03.25.10

After languishing for more than 10 years in three different congresses, the Magna Carta of Women (Magna Carta), Republic Act 9710, was signed into law
03.24.10

(Guatemala City - Guatemala, March 23) United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of physical and m
03.23.10

03.23.10 - It seems clear in the light of day that the considerable achievement of healthcare reform — and it is a considerable achievement — has come
03.19.10

On March 23, 2009, the Center scored a major victory when a federal court ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had put politics before wom
03.10.10

This month, the Center was honored with a Vision Award from the Abortion Care Network (ACN) during its annual conference. Janet Crepps, U.S. Legal Dep
03.05.10

On March 8, the Center for Reproductive Rights joins women around the world in celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, as well
03.03.10

03.03.10&nbsp;- The Center for Reproductive Rights welcomes the latest concluding observations for Egypt from the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of
02.24.10
Every year, at least 2,600 women die from unsafe abortion in Kenya, 21,000 more women are hospitalized annually with complications from incomplete and
02.23.10

Every year, at least 2,600 women die from unsafe abortion in Kenya, 21,000 more women are hospitalized annually with complications from incomplete and
02.22.10

Realization of women's sexual and reproductive rights is essential to achieve gender equality and the full respect of women's human rights. This is th
02.12.10

02.12.10&nbsp;- Comprehensive sex education has gotten a major boost from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO
10.30.14
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02.03.10

In the United States, state legislatures wield enormous power to control women's access to abortion and other reproductive healthcare services. In 200
01.28.10

When people get together on Super Bowl Sunday, they probably don\'t expect to see an anti-abortion ad sponsored by Focus on the Family. This year, the
01.19.10

Members of the Center's international advocacy team will travel to Geneva, Switzerland this month to urge the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimi
01.14.10

“Some in Congress don’t want federal money going to fund abortions. I don’t want MY tax dollars spent on _________.” The government wants to single
01.08.10

TAKE ACTION! It's not too late to make your voices heard. Tell Congress not to enact healthcare reform that reduces access to reproductive healthcare
12.21.09

From Nepal to Arizona to Oklahoma — these are just a few of the places where the Center won victories in 2009. We are so proud of these successes,
12.16.09

One of the sleeper issues in the abortion debate raging as part of the health care reform bill is the language related to conscience clauses that affe
12.09.09

On this Human Rights Day, the Center for Reproductive Rights urges the U.S. and governments around the world to guarantee the human rights and freedom
11.30.09

Around the world, HIV-positive women experience a range of human rights violations — including at the intersection of HIV and reproductive rights. Mor
11.24.09

On this year's anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Center calls on governments to enact laws and p
11.23.09

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION HEALTHCARE REFORM DECEMBER 2, 2009 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Washington, DC &nbsp; Day of Action Schedule Document
11.15.09

“Punishing, Invasive and Painful” Statement of D.J. Feldman on Harmful Impact of Abortion Coverage Restrictions No Abortion Ban Campaign Launch,
11.15.09

Health Care Reform Cannot Roll Back the Clock on Women’s Healthcare Needs Statement of Nancy Northup, President, Center for Reproductive Rights
11.12.09

Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has been used to ban the federal government from spending money on abortion. Now, with the House of Representatives\' p
11.10.09

This is a do-or-die moment in the fight for women's reproductive rights, and we need as many people as possible to help us spread the word. Don\'t let
11.06.09

&nbsp; Requests for interviews: Dionne Scott, Senior Press Officer (917) 637-3649 dscott@reprorights.org If you are a reporter working on d
11.06.09

&nbsp;“Some in Congress don’t want federal money going to fund abortions. I don’t want MY tax dollars spent on _________.” See how supporters aroun
10.30.09

Question: "Is there anyone in your life that would threaten you with violence if they knew you were having an abortion?" Answer: "There is someone
10.27.09

The New York Times ran an eye-opening story about a bill in the Philippines that would require governments down to the local level to provide free or
10.19.09

Center for Reproductive Rights founding Board member Shelly J. Segal passed away at his summer home in Woods Hole, Massachusetts on Saturday, October
10.16.09

There’s nothing new about the so-called liberal media bending over backwards to prove its impartiality — often at the expense of responsible reporting
10.15.09

Please join the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Guttmacher Institute, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and Ipas for a special
10.15.09

While Congress moves towards a healthcare reform bill that ignores the needs of women, you can voice your opposition by donating to the Center and hel
10.08.09

Some of the most critical reproductive rights battles in the U.S. right now are being fought over information about reproductive health. On October 9,
09.28.09

When Clara Jones* needed to go to the doctor's office, she traveled six hours roundtrip and needed to change her work schedule and arrange for childca
08.27.09

In 2008, the Center for Reproductive Rights deployed its unique legal and human rights expertise to secure access to reproductive healthcare, block as
08.26.09

Karen Leiter, author of the Defending Human Rights report and the Center's Human Rights Researcher, lead a teleconference and webinar with Communicati
08.01.14
Keep informed about the Center's groundbreaking cases, victories and innovative projects by signing up for ReproWrites, our monthly eNewsletter. Each
08.24.09

New York Time's columnist Nicholas Kristof wants you to submit your story describing the best organization or project working toward the education of
08.21.09

This September, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) celebrated its 15th anniversary. The Center applauds this momentous
08.20.09

The Center commemorates the 15 year anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), celebrating advancements for wom
08.20.09

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the German government and United Nations
08.18.09

Just moments ago, an Oklahoma state district court judge blocked a state law that included the most extreme ultrasound requirement in the country for
07.27.09

DJ and her husband were looking forward to having their first child. Then DJ´s doctor gave the couple devastating news: the baby DJ was carrying ha
07.20.09

40 Days for Life: An anti-choice religious organization that organizes bi-annual campaigns of forty-day long protests outside abortion clinics across
07.20.09

To State and Local Governments Lawmakers Adopt resolutions recognizing reproductive healthcare workers, including abortion providers, as huma
07.20.09

HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which reco
07.17.09

&nbsp; Requests for interviews: Dionne Scott, Senior Press Officer (917) 637-3649 dscott@reprorights.org If you are a reporter working on d
07.17.09

For more than 60 years, the United States has joined most countries of the world in formally recognizing and committing to protect the fundamental hum
07.16.09

Every day, ordinary people put themselves on the line to make sure women are able to exercise their fundamental right to health, which includes access
07.16.09

This report documents the heroism of abortion providers whose dedication to women’s reproductive health compels them to act despite severe personal an
07.15.09
Watch the first installment of the Center’s three part video series, Intimidation &amp;, Harassment: Preying on Providers, documenting the real storie
07.15.09

&nbsp; Human Rights Defenders (Website Landing Page)&nbsp; Women’s reproductive rights are grounded in universal human rights the United States
06.18.09

Dr. George Tiller, who was murdered on May 31, 2009, operated the Women's Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas for more than 30 years. Dr. Tiller w
06.17.09

Every year, more than half a million women die in pregnancy or childbirth. That's one woman or girl who dies every minute. For every woman who dies du
05.07.09

Fifteen years. That's how long it's been since a pro-choice president has had the opportunity to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat. It's an opportunity
04.13.09
A poor woman in Texas, relying on public assistance to make ends meet for her family, decides that she can’t continue an unwanted pregnancy. But a fir
03.24.09

Center President Nancy Northup talks to CBS News about the Center's victory in our Plan B case against the FDA. On March 23rd a federal court ordered
02.27.09

Women living with HIV in Kenya who seek medical care suffer multiple human rights violations and encounter daunting barriers to quality healthcare. Th
02.12.09

In a new report, the Center for Reproductive Rights calls for legal action in response to India's staggering maternal mortality problem. Despite the c
01.20.09

Six months pregnant and feeling unwell, a poor woman goes to a state-run clinic in Rio de Janeiro for help—and is turned away. A week later, she is de
08.15.08

In Nigeria, pregnant women just hours from giving birth travel unprotected on motorbikes instead of ambulances. Other women go around maternity wards
10.15.08

Khiara M. Bridges joined the Center in July as the first Center for Reproductive Rights-Columbia Law School Fellow. She is a top graduate of Columbia
07.30.08

Human rights, including reproductive rights, must be at the center of the fight against HIV/AIDS. The Center for Reproductive Rights will be taking th
09.18.18
During his confirmation hearing, Judge Brett Kavanaugh faced extensive questioning about his views on reproductive rights. His testimony was a studied
09.06.18
Today was the last chance for the Senate and the American public to hear Judge Brett Kavanaugh's views on the constitutional right to abortion—yet he
09.05.18
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, on the second day of his confirmation hearing, repeatedly refused to answer questions about whether important cases on reproduc
09.04.18
Amid considerable tumult, the Senate Judiciary Committee today began the hearing process to consider the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve
07.09.18
In&nbsp;June,&nbsp;the Trump administration&nbsp;proposed&nbsp;a dangerous new rule that would prohibit providers that receive&nbsp;federal&nbsp;Title
05.22.15
For over 20 years, the Center has been working in and out of the courts to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right. The Center engag
02.07.19
Tonight, the United States Supreme Court stood by its decades-long affirmation of abortion rights, blocking a Louisiana law that could have shuttered
04.18.19
Meera* was only 10 years old when she became pregnant after being raped. Meera did not know she was pregnant, and her family only realized this when s
03.22.19
The Trump administration has made no secret of its commitment to erasing women from the global human rights conversation—going so far as to literally
03.07.19
K.L. was 17 years old and 14 weeks pregnant when she found out that the fetus she was carrying was anencephalic and would not survive outside of the w
01.30.19
UPDATE, January 2019: In response to the petition, the Health Department of Sindh has committed to establishing four fistula repair centers in the pro
01.01.19
Opponents of abortion rights in state legislatures across the country continued to obstruct abortion access in 2018, introducing nearly 200 bills and
02.04.19
Update:&nbsp;The United States Supreme Court issued a temporary administrative stay on February 1, preventing the admitting privileges law from going
01.24.19
In Kenya, abortion is allowed only when the life and health of the mother is at risk or in when a trained medical professional believes the situation
07.09.18
The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy raises serious concerns about the future of abortion access in light of President Trump’s promise to nominat
07.11.18
In light of President Trump’s vow to only nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court Justices hostile to abortion rights, the nomination of Judge Brett Kavana
06.27.18
Since the landmark 1973 case&nbsp;Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld&nbsp;that abortion is a fundamental right. Two years ago today,
05.02.19
UPDATE: SUCCESS! The billboards came down in May. The Nairobi County Government responded to our request, removing the inaccurate and inflammatory ant
05.02.19
Today, the Kansas Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling, affirming that the state’s constitution protects Kansas women’s right to safe and legal abor
05.15.19
Access to quality maternal health care is a human right to which all women and girls are entitled. Regardless of nationality, ethnicity, race, or any
05.10.19
El Salvador's draconian abortion ban has led over 40 women to decades-long prison sentences for suffering obstetric emergencies. They were separated f
05.17.19
Last night, Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, appeared on the Rachel Maddow show and talked about newly passed,
05.23.19
This morning on Capitol Hill, the Center for Reproductive Rights joined champions in the House and the Senate and reproductive health, rights, and jus
05.24.19
At the reintroduction of the Women’s Health Protection Act on May 23, a powerful lineup of government representatives and leaders in the fight for rep
05.29.19
Latin America is the only region in the world in which the pregnancy rate for girls under 15 years of age is rising. Most of these pregnancies are the
06.03.19
Creating progress that can drive true gender equality for women and girls worldwide will be center stage at this week’s global international conferenc
06.04.19

Tonight, the fully revised and updated World's Abortion Laws Map—the definitive record of the legal status of abortion in countries around the globe—w
06.07.19
As a global organization,&nbsp;the Center for Reproductive Rights&nbsp;works in regions around the world,&nbsp;in more than&nbsp;60&nbsp;countries, an
,
06.10.19
More than 180 CEOs, from a broad array of business sectors, declared their opposition to recent attacks on reproductive health care in a full-page let
06.12.19

In a groundbreaking decision, the&nbsp;High Court of Kenya&nbsp;ruled that the Ministry of Health’s 2014 withdrawal of the “Standards and Guidelines f
06.14.19
Today, the Trump administration continued chipping away at civil rights protections by proposing a rule that endorses discrimination in health care se
06.17.19
On June 17, with our Tanzanian partner the Legal and Human Rights Centre, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a complaint before the African Comm
06.28.19
Today, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Georgia, Planned Parenthood, and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed suit challenging a si
07.11.19
In contrast to the recent proliferation of abortion bans and restrictions throughout the United States, the overall global trend is toward the liberal
07.12.19

Today, an Oklahoma state court became the first in the nation to uphold a law making it illegal for doctors to provide the standard method of abortion
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