The Center for Reproductive Rights joined a broad coalition of reproductive rights, health, and justice organizations to submit a report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD Committee) in preparation for its tenth review of the United States in August of 2022. The report evaluates U.S. progress on the human rights commitments it made when it ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). Among those commitments, the U.S. agreed to ensure that the right to health care is free from all forms of racial discrimination.
Drawing on the experience and expertise of reproductive rights, health, and justice organizations from across the U.S., this report provides information about a health equity crisis affecting maternal health and abortion access for people of color, in violation of their human rights.
The report was submitted on July 15, 2022 by the following organizations: Abortion Care Network, Ancient Song Doula Services, Birthmark Doula Collective, Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Center for Reproductive Rights, Changing Woman Initiative, Human Rights & Gender Justice Clinic: CUNY School of Law, If/When/How, Indigenous Women Rising, National Birth Equity Collaborative, Movement for Family Power, Restoring Our Own Through Transformation, and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.