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March 4, 2021 - Center to Argue at Inter-American Court of Human Rights for Salvadoran Woman Imprisoned After Obstetric Emergency: Watch the Arguments Live on March 10 and 11. Read more.

February 19, 2021 - Federal Court to Block South Carolina's Unconstitutional Ban on Abortion: Ruling follows emergency lawsuit filed by the Center and partners challenging South Carolina’s six-week ban. Read more.

February 17, 2021UN Universal Periodic Review Presents Opportunity for the U.S. to Commit to Reproductive Rights as Human Rights: The Center's Risa E. Kaufman urges the administration to use the UPR to signal its commitment to reproductive rights as human rights—and then back it up with action. Read more.

February 8, 2021 - Center Cheers Reintroduction of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act in U.S. Congress: Members of House and Senate reintroduce suite of Center-backed bills to improve maternal health care, particularly for Black and Indigenous women. Read more.

February 1, 2021 - Biden Administration Rescinds Global Gag Rule: The new administration takes a positive step toward restoring the U.S.’s commitment to women’s and girls’ health and rights around the world. Read more.

February 1, 2021 - Honduras Bans Abortion by Amending its Constitution: The Center condemns the action as a harmful retrogression for reproductive rights in Latin America. Read more.

January 26, 2021Evaluating priorities: State lawmakers must prioritize health and well-being over abortion restrictions: U.S. states often claim their abortion restrictions aim to protect the health and well-being of women, their pregnancies, and their children. These claims rarely stand up. Read more.

January 22, 2021Center Urges Biden Administration to Take Quick Action to Advance Reproductive Health and Rights: The Center urged quick and decisive action to reverse the Trump administration’s harmful policies and to move forward to advance human rights and reproductive rights in the U.S. and around the world. Read more.

January 22, 2021 - Today Is the 48th Year We've Had Roe Protections. Will It Be the Last?: In an op-ed for Marie Claire on the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Center's CEO writes about Roe's fate. Read more.

January 14, 2021Amicus Briefs Filed in Tennessee Abortion Case Emphasize Bans’ Harms to People of Color and Other Communities: Reproductive justice organizations, civil rights advocates, constitutional law scholars, state attorneys general and others have filed “friend-of-the-court” briefs in support of a case brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partners challenging a set of extreme state abortion bans in Tennessee. Read more.

January 8, 2021New Year Starts with a Flurry of Arguments in U.S. Abortion Cases: Upcoming arguments in Center cases against harmful state abortion laws are being livestreamed. Read more.

January 8, 2021In Historic Vote, Argentina Legalizes Abortion: Abortion legalized up to 14 weeks as protest movement convinces legislature to enact progressive legislation. Read more.

December 30, 2020 - Center for Reproductive Rights Year in Review 2020: Video highlights of the Center's accomplishments of 2020. View the video here.

December 23, 2020Center’s 2020 Legislative Wrap-Up Outlines Abortion Measures Passed in U.S. States: The wrap-up reports on state abortion laws enacted during the year, showing that state laws restricting abortion access outnumbered those increasing access. Read more.

December 21, 2020Center’s Julie Rikelman Named a Crain’s New York “Notable Woman in Law”: The list honors the professional achievements of women practicing law in New York City. Read more.

December 21, 2020 - Global Year in Review: The Center’s Biggest Achievements of 2020: Highlights of the Center’s achievements in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Read more.

December 18, 2020Center Spotlight: Jennifer Jacoby Talks U.S. Maternal Health: For Jacoby, a federal policy counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, reducing dangerous and preventable racial disparities in U.S. maternal health outcomes is not only her job; it’s also personal. She recently testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Read more.

December 9, 2020 - Ecuador’s President Issues Public Apology for Teenager’s Death in Landmark Sexual Violence Case: In compliance with a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), President Lenín Moreno of Ecuador recognized responsibility for the sexual violence suffered by a teenager at her school that led her to suicide nearly two decades ago. Read more.

December 8, 2020Center Appeals to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for Release of Unjustly Imprisoned Salvadoran Women: Arrested for incidents related to obstetric emergencies during their pregnancies, the women were unjustly accused of illegal abortions and convicted of aggravated homicide or attempted homicide. Read more.

December 7, 2020 - In New Testimony, Center Urges Congress to End Harmful Hyde Amendment: On December 8, the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a virtual hearing on anti-abortion policy that delays and blocks abortion access. Read more.

November 24, 2020 - Election 2020 Wrap-Up: The Reproductive Rights Landscape: From the record-turnout presidential election to referendums on state ballots, the results of Election 2020 will affect the reproductive rights landscape in both federal and state policy going forward. Read more.

November 19, 2020Center Spotlight: Catalina Martínez Coral on the Center's Recent Human Rights Victory in Latin America: The Center's regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean discusses the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling that established standards to protect girls from sexual violence and harassment in schools. Read more.

November 18, 2020 - New Center Publication Highlights Work with Boko Haram Refugees in Nigeria: The Center for Reproductive Rights details the impact of the Boko Haram conflict on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls in Nigeria and highlights the Center’s longtime work in Nigeria’s conflict areas. Read more.

November 12, 2020 - Challenge to the Affordable Care Act at the U.S. Supreme Court Could End Health Care for Millions: On November 10, the United States Supreme Court heard argument in a case that could end health care coverage in the middle of a global pandemic for tens of millions of people across the country. Read more.

November 10, 2020UN Member States Make Recommendations to U.S. to Protect Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Strong Recommendations Given at U.S.’s Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council. Read more.

November 7, 2020 - Center for Reproductive Rights Statement on the Election of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. as the 46th President of the United States: The election of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. as the 46th president of the United States presents an opportunity to put human rights and human needs at the center of a new U.S. domestic and foreign policy agenda. Read more.

November 6, 2020Europe Update: Abortion Rights at Risk in Poland and Slovakia: Recent developments demonstrate the ongoing struggle to defend abortion rights against coordinated and systemic attacks on sexual and reproductive rights across the world. Read more.

November 6, 2020U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case by Foster Care Service Providers That Could Have Broad Implications for Non-Discrimination Law: Case could subject LGBTQ people and others to discrimination by private entities that contract with the government to provide government services. Read more.

November 4, 2020Center Urges UN Members to Consider Reproductive Rights in Assessing U.S.’s Human Rights Record: Member States will make recommendations to the U.S. before the United Nations Human Rights Council on November 9. Read more.

October 27, 2020Tennessee’s Mandatory Waiting Period for Abortion: “Highly Insulting and Paternalistic”: A federal district court declared Tennessee’s mandatory 48-hour waiting period unconstitutional in response to a lawsuit by the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partners. Read more.

October 27, 2020Center for Reproductive Rights Statement on the Confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett (Statement): "Justice Barrett’s academic writings, court decisions, and public advocacy reveal a legal view that the U.S. Constitution does not protect an individual’s personal liberty to make decisions about their reproductive health." Read more.

October 22, 2020 - Take Action to Oppose the Confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett: Resources about Judge Barrett's anti-reproductive rights record and tools to take action to save Roe v. Wade. Read more.

October 21, 2020Center’s Concerns About Judge Barrett’s Reproductive Rights Views “Further Intensified” After Committee Testimony: The Center released an update to its analysis of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's record after reviewing her Senate testimony. Read more.

October 15, 2020Center’s Legal Analysis Outlines Judge Barrett's Extreme Record on Reproductive Rights: The Center for Reproductive Rights has released a detailed legal analysis of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's record on reproductive rights. Read more.

October 14, 2020Texas Ban on Standard Abortion Procedure Struck Down; Would Have Interfered with Doctors’ Judgment: The Center for Reproductive Rights and its partners secured a victory for the people of Texas yesterday when the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a state law that banned the standard procedure for abortion care after approximately 15 weeks of pregnancy. Read more.

October 8, 2020 - Center Applauds UN’s Adoption of Landmark Resolution on Women’s and Girls’ Human Rights in Humanitarian Situations: A new Human Rights Council resolution calls for promoting, protecting, and respecting women’s and girls’ full enjoyment of human rights in humanitarian situations around the world. Read more.

October 7, 2020 - Center for Reproductive Rights Opposes Confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett (statement): For only the second time since its founding, the Center for Reproductive Rights is opposing the confirmation of a U.S. Supreme Court nominee--claiming Judge Barrett "has the most extreme anti-reproductive rights record since Judge Robert Bork." Read more.

October 5, 2020Center Lawsuit Temporarily Blocks Tennessee’s Medication Abortion “Reversal” Law: One day before a Tennessee medication abortion “reversal” law was to take effect, a federal district court issued a temporary restraining order blocking the measure. Read more.

October 2, 2020 New Center Report Examines Impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Abortion Ruling in June Medical Services v. Russo: The Center examines the ruling’s impact on the legal standard that has been used by courts for decades to determine the constitutionality of abortion laws. Read more. 

October 2, 2020 - What would happen if Roe fell? The Center's digital map provides a state-by-state analysis. Read more.

September 26, 2020Statement from Nancy Northup on President Trump’s Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court: The Center's president and CEO's statement on the President's nomination to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Read more.

September 25, 2020On Hyde Amendment’s 44th Anniversary, Center and Allies Call for its End: The Center calls on Congress to end the Hyde amendment, which prohibiting federal coverage of most abortion care and harms marginalized communities. Read more.

September 22, 2020 - Issue Brief: U.S. Government Exploits COVID-19 to Mistreat Pregnant Immigrants and Asylum Seekers: The report details how the U.S. government has exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to eviscerate humanitarian and human rights protections for immigrants and people seeking asylum. Read more.

September 19, 2020 - The Loss of a Reproductive Rights Champion: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Center pays tribute to the late Justice. Read more.

September 8, 2020 - UN Experts Say U.S. Abortion Restrictions During COVID-19 Crisis Violate Human Rights: United Nations human rights experts have condemned efforts by U.S. states to use the pandemic as an excuse to deny access to abortion care. Read more.

September 4, 2020 - Five North Carolina Abortion Restrictions Challenged in Lawsuit by the Center and Partners: The state's laws have stigmatized essential health care and pushed abortion care out of reach for many of its people. Read more.

September 3, 2020 - Center Calls on Colombia to Halt Use of Herbicide Causing Harm to Reproductive Health: A new research report by the Center and its local partner shows negative effects of herbicide used to eradicate cocaine production. Read more.

September 3, 2020 - Center and Partners Challenge Tennessee Medication Abortion “Reversal” Law: The Center has sued to block a Tennessee law requiring doctors to lie to patients by telling them that medication abortions can be “reversed.”  Read more.

August 27, 2020 - On the 10th Anniversary of Kenya’s Constitution, Center Report Urges Government to Enforce Abortion Rights Protections: Through a new report, the Center calls on the government to better protect the health and rights of Kenyan women. Read more.

August 19, 2020New Issue Brief Addresses Infertility and IVF Access for Military Servicemembers and Veterans: The Center has issued the third issue brief in its “Serving Those Who Serve?” series, addressing the unique barriers to reproductive health care faced by servicemembers, veterans and their families. Read more.

August 17, 2020Landmark Ruling Will Help Protect Schoolgirls from Sexual Violence Throughout Latin America: The Center and its partners won a ruling from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that sets standards to protect girls from sexual violence and harassment in schools throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Read more.

August 13, 2020Center Launches New Program to Protect Refugee Rights in Uganda: The Center and its partners at CARE International in Uganda have launched a new pilot program to protect the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and girls in one of Uganda’s largest refugee settlements. Read more.

August 12, 2020 - Center Advocacy Efforts Will Help Improve Maternal Health in Georgia: The Center's efforts helped secure passage of a postpartum Medicaid extension that aims to reduce maternal mortality and racial disparity in Georgia. Read more.

August 3, 2020 - Center and Coalition Lead Digital Campaign Urging Congress to Protect Abortion Access: The Center joined a broad coalition of more than 100 organizations in a digital campaign urging Congress to pass the Women's Health Protection Act. Read more.

July 30, 2020Center Responds to Report from U.S. State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights: The Center for Reproductive Rights has issued its official response to the Trump administration’s latest attempt to remove reproductive rights from the global human rights framework. Read more

July 20, 2020The Center Releases New Report on Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Nigerian Conflict Zones: The Center for Reproductive Rights and its partners at the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) documented the effects of the Boko Haram conflict on women's sexual and reproductive health and rights in Northeast Nigeria. Read more.

July 15, 2020 - Georgia's Six-Week Abortion Ban Declared Unconstitutional: In a case brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights, a federal judge threw out a state law that banned abortion from the earliest weeks of pregnancy. Read more.

July 14, 2020 - Lawsuit by Center for Reproductive Rights and Partners Blocks Tennessee Abortion Bans: In response to a lawsuit by the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partners, a federal district court issued a temporary restraining order blocking portions of an extreme Tennessee abortion ban. Read more.

July 14, 2020 - Debunking Anti-Abortion Politicians’ Claims of “Protecting Women’s Health”: Evaluating Priorities, a new online tool developed by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Ibis Reproductive Health, shows that U.S. states with more abortion restrictions tend to have fewer policies supporting women's, children's, and families' health. Read more.

July 9, 2020 - U.S. Supreme Court Decision Will Cause Denial of Birth Control Coverage for Thousands: The Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration’s bid to allow schools and employers to deny birth control coverage because of religious or moral objections. Read more.

July 6, 2020 - Washington Post Op-ed: Center CEO Urges Congress to Protect Abortion Access: Center president and CEO Nancy Northup advocates for the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA). Read more.

June 29, 2020Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court! The Supreme Court decides in the Center's favor and rules Louisiana's admitting-privileges law unconstitutional. Read more.

June 24, 2020Center Leader Recognized for Work on Black Maternal Health: The Center's Breana Lipscomb was awarded the inaugural Kira Johnson Advocate of the Year Award for her work on Black maternal health. Read more.

June 18, 2020New Trump Administration Rule Will Encourage Discrimination in Health Care: A new rule that would harm health care access for women, LGBTQ people, and immigrants. Read more.

June 17, 2020Center Helps Expand Access to IVF in Maryland: The Center for Reproductive Rights helped to pass a bill that expands access to in-vitro fertilization. Read more.

May 6, 2020 - Supreme Court Hears Case Challenging Trump-Pence Denial of Birth Control Coverage: The administration wants to allow virtually any employer or university to deny its employees and students the birth control coverage required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read more.

May 5, 2020 - Center Lawsuits to Protect Abortion Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic Are Working. States keep trying to use the pandemic as an excuse to ban abortion, but the Center's efforts to stop them are working. Read more.

April 30, 2020 - Servicemembers and Veterans Face Barriers in Accessing Contraception: Regulations and other difficulties make birth control a challenge for many U.S. servicemembers. Read more.

April 15, 2020 - Center and International Human Rights Partners Call on Poland to Reject Bills Restricting Sexual and Reproductive Rights: If passed, this pair of regressive bills will severely roll back women’s sexual and reproductive rights in the country. Read more.

April 9, 2020 - African Commission to Hear Case on Maternal Deaths Brought by the Center and Partners: The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights agrees to hear a complaint that seeks to hold Nigeria accountable for its high number of maternal deaths. Read more.

March 31, 2020 - New Law Legalizes Abortion in Northern Ireland: Victory for reproductive rights resulted from decades of advocacy throughout Northern Ireland to reform the highly restrictive laws. Read more.

March 19, 2020 - Anti-abortion Lawmakers Try—and Fail—to Co-opt Emergency Covid-19 Relief Package: Members of Congress tried to insert language into a Covid-19 relief bill to further restrict the use of federal funds for abortion care. Read more.

March 4, 2020 - Center Argues Major Abortion Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court: In June Medical v. Russo, the Center is representing abortion providers in challenging a Louisiana abortion restriction. Read more.

March 4, 2020 - Thousands Rally at Supreme Court for Reproductive Rights: Thousands rallied outside as the Center argued its abortion case, June Medical Services v. Russo, inside the Court. Read more.

February 13, 2020 - Center CEO Urges Congress to Pass Legislation to Protect Abortion Access: Nancy Northup testified at a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the Women’s Health Protection Act. Read more.

February 3, 2020 - Join us at the U.S. Supreme Court to rally for abortion access: The Center urges allies to show support for abortion access and combat the ongoing assault on abortion rights and access across the country. Read more.

January 29, 2020 - Center Argues Milestone Case at Inter-American Court of Human Rights: The Center presented oral arguments before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the court's first case pertaining to sexual violence in school settings. Read more.

January 24, 2020Center Blocks Another State Abortion Ban: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Center’s victory striking down Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Read more.

January 22, 2020 - Legal Experts Urge the Supreme Court to Strike Down Abortion Restriction That Would Shutter Clinics, Stressing Precedent and Rule of Law: Briefs urge the Court to uphold precedents from Roe, Casey, and Whole Woman's Health. Read more.