Engaging Policymakers https://reproductiverights.org/taxonomy/term/102/all en Center Cheers Reintroduction of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act in U.S. Congress https://reproductiverights.org/story/center-cheers-reintroduction-black-maternal-health-momnibus-act-us-congress <span>Center Cheers Reintroduction of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act in U.S. Congress</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">Members of House and Senate reintroduce suite of Center-backed bills to improve maternal health care, particularly for Black and Indigenous women</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/507" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">stephanieharmon</span></span> <span>Mon, 02/08/2021 - 15:01</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>The Center for Reproductive Rights joined partner organizations to support today's reintroduction of the <a href="https://blackmaternalhealthcaucus-underwood.house.gov/Momnibus">Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act</a> of 2021—a package of 12 bills to advance inclusive and accessible maternal health care, especially for Black and Indigenous people who are most impacted by the U.S. maternal health crisis.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Center was deeply involved in the coalition effort to create and advance the Momnibus, providing legal expertise, analysis, and technical assistance in crafting the legislation. Through its <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/maternal-health-and-rights-initiative">Maternal Health &amp; Rights Initiative</a>, the Center advocates for laws and policies to improve access to safe and respectful maternal health care, like the Momnibus.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“This bill package is critical and long overdue. It’s unacceptable that mothers in the U.S. are dying at the highest rate of any developed country, and those mothers are largely Black and Indigenous,” said Jennifer Jacoby, Federal Policy Counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “The Momnibus signals to Black and Indigenous birthing people that they will not be left behind any longer—not in this pandemic, not ever. Congress must act now to pass this much-needed legislation.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The U.S. is facing a worsening maternal health crisis marked by high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity, especially for Black and Indigenous birthing people who experience far higher rates of pregnancy-related death and complications than their white counterparts.   </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Momnibus of 2021 is being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, including Representatives Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Alma Adams (D-NC), and in the Senate by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). The Momnibus was first introduced in 2020 with Vice President Kamala Harris as the lead sponsor in the Senate. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>The Momnibus</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The bills that make up the <a href="https://blackmaternalhealthcaucus-underwood.house.gov/Momnibus">Momnibus</a> are designed to complement other<span><span> maternal health legislation awaiting action in Congress. The Momnibus</span></span> addresses many aspects of the maternal health crisis through research and funding, including investments in factors that contribute to maternal health outcomes like housing, transportation, and nutrition and in community-based organizations. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Momnibus also includes measures to strengthen the maternal health workforce, improve care for people who receive maternal health care through government agencies, such as veterans and incarcerated people; promote innovation of care with digital tools and payment models, and ensure continuity of care through pregnancy and up to one year postpartum. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This year, the Momnibus has been expanded to include three new bills that fund community-based pilot programs aimed to reduce climate change-related risks for moms and babies, address COVID-19 risks for pregnant and postpartum people, ensure access to respectful maternity care in future public health emergencies, and promote maternal vaccinations to protect the health and safety of moms and babies.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>With leadership from the Black Maternal Health Caucus, the Momnibus was supported by a broad coalition of maternal health advocates, including the Center for Reproductive Rights, Black Mamas Matter Alliance, the National Birth Equity Collaborative, the Century Foundation, and the Center for American Progress. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Maternal Health Crisis in the U.S.</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The bills in the Momnibus and other maternal health legislation—like proposed bills requiring states to extend Medicaid coverage up to at least one year postpartum—seek to address racial disparities in maternal health care. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The U.S. has the <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/The%20COVID-19%20Pandemic%20is%20Exacerbating%20a%20Human%20Rights%20Crisis%20in%20Maternal%20Health.pdf">highest maternal mortality ratio</a> in the developed world and is one of only 13 countries where <a href="https://www.unfpa.org/resources/trends-maternal-mortality-2000-2017-executive-summary">maternal mortality</a> is rising. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black and Indigenous women are approximately <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternal-mortality/pregnancy-mortality-surveillance-system.htm?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Freproductivehealth%2Fmaternalinfanthealth%2Fpregnancy-mortality-surveillance-system.htm">three times more likely</a> to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women and twice as likely to suffer from serious pregnancy complications.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The racial disparities in pregnancy outcomes are linked to discrimination and social and economic inequalities that Black and Indigenous birthing people are more likely to face, including poverty, structural racism, lack of access to health care, and implicit biases. Lack of basic health care services for people who are working to make ends meet contributes to this disparity, particularly in states that have <a href="https://www.kff.org/uninsured/issue-brief/the-coverage-gap-uninsured-poor-adults-in-states-that-do-not-expand-medicaid/">opted out</a> of Medicaid expansion. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/The%20COVID-19%20Pandemic%20is%20Exacerbating%20a%20Human%20Rights%20Crisis%20in%20Maternal%20Health.pdf">COVID-19 pandemic</a> is putting additional strain on the health care system and further exacerbating the U.S. maternal health care crisis. Pregnant people may be at greater risk for experiencing severe illness from COVID-19 and there is a growing concern that overburdened health systems have even less capacity to meet maternal health needs, especially in Black and Indigenous communities where people are experiencing much higher rates of severe COVID-19 infection and death.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>International Human Rights Standards for Maternal Health</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Even though the majority of U.S. maternal deaths are <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6818e1.htm?s_cid=mm6818e1_w">preventable</a>, the U.S. has not taken adequate steps to assure that maternal health care is available, accessible, culturally acceptable, and of good quality—standards that must be met to align with international human rights norms regarding maternal health care.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>International treaty monitory bodies and UN human rights experts have repeatedly expressed concern about the high maternal and infant mortality rates in Black communities in the U.S. Despite numerous recommendations to improve access to safe and respectful maternal health care, the U.S. has failed to adequately address the maternal health inequities that violate Black and Indigenous people’s human rights.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Momnibus is an important first step toward addressing disparities in maternal health and assuring that all pregnant, birthing, and postpartum people have access to the health care they need.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Find out more:</strong></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>The <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/our-issues/maternal-health">Center’s efforts</a> to fight racial disparities in maternal health in the U.S. and improve health outcomes worldwide</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>A Center report entitled, <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/The%20COVID-19%20Pandemic%20is%20Exacerbating%20a%20Human%20Rights%20Crisis%20in%20Maternal%20Health.pdf">The COVID-19 Pandemic is Exacerbating a Human Rights Crisis in U.S.</a></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>The Center's <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/maternal-health-and-rights-initiative">Maternal Health &amp; Rights Initiative</a></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Jennifer Jacoby’s <a href="https://www.usccr.gov/files/2020-11-13-Testimony-Jennifer-Jacoby.pdf">testimony</a> for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Briefing on Maternal Health Disparities</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><em>Photo credit: Nina Robinson/Getty Images/Images of Empowerment</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Mon, 08 Feb 2021 20:01:13 +0000 stephanieharmon 59531 at https://reproductiverights.org Honduras Bans Abortion by Amending its Constitution https://reproductiverights.org/story/honduras-bans-abortion-amending-its-constitution <span>Honduras Bans Abortion by Amending its Constitution </span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">Center Condemns Action That Also Prevents Future Attempts to Allow Access </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/526" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="ldarwin@reprorights.org">ldarwin@repror…</span></span> <span>Mon, 02/01/2021 - 16:43</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--hero paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In a harmful retrogression for reproductive rights in Latin America, last week the Honduran National Congress voted to amend article 67 of its national Constitution in order to prohibit abortion outright. By changing the constitutional language itself, this reform seeks to prevent any future attempts at allowing access to abortion services in Honduras, a nation already home to one of the most restrictive frameworks on sexual and reproductive rights.  </p> <p>The Center’s president and CEO Nancy Northup <a href="http://reproductiverights.org/press-room/honduras-fails-meet-their-international-human-rights-obligations">issued a statement </a>condemning the total criminalization of this essential health service, which further increases the risk to the health and lives of millions of girls and women. Today, Honduras ranks as the second-highest teenage pregnancy rate in Latin America.  </p> <p>Since the bill was introduced on January 7, the Center has worked closely with local partners on urgent advocacy actions to raise awareness about the dangers of the constitutional amendment, including alerting international human rights bodies.  </p> <p>“Instead of banning abortion in its Constitution, Honduras should allow it as a health service,” said Catalina Martínez Coral, Center’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean. “Denying sexual and reproductive health care is a dangerous way to not recognize women’s rights, and because of that, the Honduran State have no structural solutions for violence against girls and women.”</p> <p>Alongside organizations including Centro de Derechos de Mujeres, Somos Muchas, and Equipo Jurídico por los Derechos Humanos, the Center’s Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) program worked to denounce this crisis in Honduras before international human rights organisms.</p> <p>The Center contributed to a letter submitted to the UN Working Group on Discrimination against women and girls detailing how the bill violated international human rights standards on the rights of women and girls. The Working Group then <a href="https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=26675&amp;LangID=E">released a statement</a> condemning attacks against the right to safe abortion in Honduras. The Center also notified Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the issue and collaborated on a letter that the IACHR later sent to the Honduran government. </p> <p>The Center briefed members of the EU Parliament on the Honduras bill. The members then <a href="https://mcusercontent.com/1619605978c501d2e29a3f946/files/486077e4-4991-4b86-b7a6-21731f19f323/Declaracio_n_sobre_el_proyecto_de_ley_de_prohibicio_n_constitucional_del_aborto_en_Honduras.pdf">issued a statement</a> calling upon Honduras to refrain from enacting this bill and urged the country to bring its abortion laws up to international human rights standards. </p> <p>The Committee of Experts of Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI), from the Organization of American States (OAS), <a href="https://mailchi.mp/oas/cevi-comunicado-honduras-2021?e=8fd1914bd5">issued a statement communicating its concern</a> over the approval of this amendment because it limits, among others, the rights of women, girls and adolescents. </p> <p>The Center’s U.S. Legal program is working to secure a statement from the U.S. Congress or State Department condemning the bill. These behind-the-scenes efforts will be critical in the coming weeks as local partners work to stop the law from taking effect.  </p> <p>This reform is particularly harmful because it creates a future “constitutional shield” against abortion. The only means of changing this article in the future is if more than three-quarters majority of the Honduras Congress agrees, which is more than the two-thirds majority required by the Constitution itself. The bill also includes adding constitutional language that prohibits same-sex marriage, which is already legally prohibited in the country. <br />  <br /> Honduras is only one of six countries—including the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Suriname—in the Latin America and Caribbean region that criminalizes abortion in all circumstances, including in cases of rape or incest; when there is a risk to the life of the pregnant person, and when the pregnancy is incompatible with extra-uterine life. Since 2009, Honduras has also completely prohibited the use, sale, distribution, and purchase of emergency contraception.  </p> <p>“We are already working together with the feminist movement in Honduras to find a way that allows us to reverse the effects of this unfair amendment,” Martínez Coral said. “We won’t stop until we achieve guarantees for girls and women in Honduras for their life and health.” </p> <p>In ratifying this law, Honduras is failing to comply with its international human rights obligations by obstructing access to safe and legal abortion. The Center and local partners urge Honduras to stop this retrogression and take immediate measures to guarantee that women and girls can exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.  </p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/honduras-fails-meet-their-international-human-rights-obligations" hreflang="en">Honduras Fails to Meet its International Human Rights Obligations</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/latin-america-caribbean" hreflang="en">Latin America &amp; Caribbean</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Mon, 01 Feb 2021 21:43:02 +0000 ldarwin@reprorights.org 59525 at https://reproductiverights.org Biden Administration Rescinds Global Gag Rule https://reproductiverights.org/story/biden-administration-rescinds-global-gag-rule <span>Biden Administration Rescinds Global Gag Rule</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">Positive step in restoring the U.S.’s commitment to women’s and girls’ health and rights around the world</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/507" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">stephanieharmon</span></span> <span>Mon, 02/01/2021 - 10:16</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>President Joseph Biden has rescinded the “Global Gag Rule”—a devastating anti-abortion policy that undermined the health and rights of women around the world. The rule denied funding for foreign organizations providing abortion information or services.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The president took the action as part of a series of executive orders aimed to improve access to affordable health care in the U.S. and around the world. Other measures included reopening the Health Insurance Marketplace, taking steps to restore Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, and directing the Department of Health and Human Services to consider rescinding regulations that limited the Title X family planning program.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“Today the Biden administration took an important first step towards righting the Trump administration’s tremendous wrongs impacting access to reproductive health, rights, and justice,” </span></span><span><span><span>said Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights</span></span></span><span><span>.  “In revoking the Global Gag Rule and acting to rescind the Domestic Gag Rule, President Biden is stopping policies that were intended to force reproductive health centers, in the U.S. and around the world, to stop providing and referring for abortion services.” </span></span><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/press-room/ceo-nancy-northups-statement-president-bidens-executive-order"><strong><span><span>Read Northup’s full statement here.</span></span></strong></a><strong> </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>What Is the Global Gag Rule?</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The Global Gag Rule (GGR) prohibits foreign organizations that receive U.S. global health assistance funds from using those funds—<em>or any</em> <em>of their own funds from any other sources—</em>to<em> </em>provide abortion care, referrals, or information, or to advocate for liberalization of abortion policies in their own country. The rule applies to all abortions performed or discussed as “a method of family planning”—and although exceptions are permitted for cases of rape or incest or if the pregnant person’s life is in danger, in practice the rule’s lack of clarity has created a chilling effect that effectively made the rule a complete ban. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>By forbidding U.S. funds to be used for abortion services, the rule inhibits access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care and information. But it’s known as a “gag rule” because of its silencing effect on knowledge, information and advocacy. Providers subject to the rule may not counsel on abortion services.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Officially called t</span></span><span><span>he Mexico City Policy, the rule was first implemented by the Reagan administration in 1984. Since then it has been repeatedly rescinded and reinstated from one administration to the next. </span></span><span><span>After the Obama administration rescinded the rule in 2009, the Trump administration reinstated it in its first days in office in January 2017 and expanded it to affect </span></span><span><span>not just U.S. family planning assistance, but <em>all</em> U.S. health assistance if a group did not abide by the rule.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>What has been the Global Gag Rule’s impact?</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The Gag Rule’s impacts have been many: It has decreased access to abortion care and information as well as to contraceptive care. It has interfered in the patient-provider relationship and caused cuts to family planning programs. It has silenced advocates of reproductive health and rights and reduced community outreach by health workers.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“</span></span><span><span>Public health and UN human rights bodies have long recognized that denying women and girls access to abortion does not stop women from seeking abortion services, it just makes the procedure less safe and contributes to maternal mortality,” as the Center explains in its report titled </span></span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/GLP-GGR-FS-0118-Web_2.pdf"><span><span>“The Global Gag Rule and Human Rights.”</span></span></a> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>In imposing the policy, the U.S. also abdicated its important role in advancing human rights, while infringing on other nations’ sovereignty. The Gag Rule undermines the U.S.’s commitments to international health and rights initiatives such as the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action and the UN’s </span></span><a href="https://sdgs.un.org/goals"><span><span>Sustainable Development Goals</span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The rule also infringes on many of the human rights enumerated in international human rights treaties, including the rights to health, life, information, privacy, and equality. As the Center’s report notes, “Denying women access to services only needed by women, such as abortion, is a form of discrimination against women.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The report continues, “The GGR undermines access to a vital component of women’s reproductive health care and has a chilling effect on access to other sexual and reproductive health services…[it] proliferates misinformation and heightens stigma related to sexual and reproductive health care, leading to greater mistrust in the health system. Ultimately, the GGR puts women’s health and human rights at risk.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The U.S. is the world’s largest single donor to global health efforts. Many nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) depend on U.S. funding—to the tune of some $12 billion per year, according to <a href="https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-20-347">a March 2020 report</a> from the Government Accountability Office (GAO)—and thus have been forced to comply with the Gag Rule. But many health care organizations opted to decline U.S. funding <span><span>rather than comply. </span></span><span><span>The GAO </span></span><span><span>documented 54 such </span></span><span>organizations which were then forced to reduce programs that worked to improve health outcomes in countries around the world.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Along with family planning and reproductive health, many organizations impacted by the rule provide services pertaining to HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, nutrition, water and sanitation, and maternal and child health care among other services. By forcing a choice between denial of funding or a reduced scope of care, the rule has resulted in </span></span></span></span><span><span><span>increases in </span></span></span><a href="https://pai.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/The-Global-Gag-Rule-and-Maternal-Deaths-Due-to-Unsafe-Abortions.pdf"><span><span><span>maternal deaths</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, unsafe abortions, and incidents of </span></span></span><a href="https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/global-gag-rule-trump-hiv-aids/"><span><span><span>HIV and AIDS</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, as well as in the breakdown of coalitions and partnerships that provide <a href="https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/global-gag-rule-closing-civil-society-space">reproductive health care</a> in poor and rural regions.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Rescinding the harmful Global Gag Rule is a vital first step in restoring the U.S.’s commitment to the health and human rights of women and girls around the world. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>Find out more:</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>Nancy Northup’s full </span></span></em></strong><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/press-room/ceo-nancy-northups-statement-president-bidens-executive-order"><strong><em><span><span>statement on President Biden’s actions.</span></span></em></strong></a></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong><em> </em></strong><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/GLP-GGR-FS-0118-Web_2.pdf"><strong><em><span><span>The Global Gag Rule and Human Rights</span></span></em></strong></a><strong><em><span><span> report.</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>The</span></span></em></strong><strong><em><span><span> Center’s work at the </span></span></em></strong><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/our-regions/accountability-bodies"><strong><em><span><span>United Nations</span></span></em></strong></a><strong><em><span><span> and with </span></span></em></strong><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/our-regions/accountability-bodies"><strong><em><span><span>international accountability bodies</span></span></em></strong></a><strong><em><span><span>.</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><em><span><span>Photo credit: </span></span></em></span></span></span><em>Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images/Images of Empowerment</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/global-gag-rule" hreflang="en">Global Gag Rule</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Mon, 01 Feb 2021 15:16:50 +0000 stephanieharmon 59527 at https://reproductiverights.org CEO Nancy Northup’s Statement on President Biden’s Executive Order https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/ceo-nancy-northups-statement-president-bidens-executive-order <span>CEO Nancy Northup’s Statement on President Biden’s Executive Order</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/518" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">virginia</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/28/2021 - 16:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>(New York) – Today, President Joe Biden issued an executive order repealing the Global Gag Rule that had been re-issued and greatly expanded during the Trump Administration; beginning the repeal of the Title X rule; withdrawing the U.S. co-sponsorship and signature from the Geneva Consensus Declaration; and restoring funding to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).  This follows President Biden’s announcement last week to rejoin the World Health Organization.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The following is a statement from Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights on this executive order: </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Today the Biden administration took an important first step towards righting the Trump administration’s tremendous wrongs impacting access to reproductive health, rights, and justice.  In revoking the Global Gag Rule and acting to rescind the Domestic Gag Rule, President Biden is stopping policies that were intended to force reproductive health centers, in the U.S. and around the world, to stop providing and referring for abortion services.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Biden administration also disavowed the disgraceful anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQI+ “declaration” that the Trump administration co-sponsored in October and ordered the State Department to take the steps needed to restore funding to the UNFPA and to ensure that there are adequate funds to support women’s reproductive and sexual health needs globally. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We applaud these actions and urge the Biden administration to act swiftly to address all aspects of the harmful anti-reproductive rights legacy of the Trump administration: </span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>Rescind other Trump-era regulations, including those that allow health care workers to deny reproductive health services and information, and regulations that allow employers and universities to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees and students.  </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Restore reporting on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the State Department’s annual country reports on human rights.   </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Disavow the report by the Trump-era State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>But it is not enough for the Biden administration to return to the pre-Trump status quo. There is urgent work still to be done to fulfill the President’s commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights, including:</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Stop over-broad implementation of the Helms Amendment and push for its Congressional repeal.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Promote reproductive health policies guided by science, not ideology: The FDA should take the same approach to allowing access to medication abortion by telemedicine, in line with its approach to other drugs.  </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Address racial disparities in maternal health care by launching an interagency task force co-led by the White House and HHS, specifically dedicated to advancing respectful maternal health care and promoting expansion of Medicaid coverage to at least one year postpartum.  </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Champion reproductive rights legislation, including the Women’s Health Protection Act, the EACH Woman Act, the Global HER Act, and the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Support the inclusion and recognition of sexual and reproductive rights as fundamental human rights in UN processes and accept and implement the recommendations made to the US on reproductive rights during the Universal Periodic Review. </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span>With these steps the United States can respect and support each person’s ability to make decisions about their reproductive health and life, and have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information. </span></span></span></p> <p>###</p> <p><strong>MEDIA CONTACT: </strong><a href="mailto:center.press@reprorights.org">center.press@reprorights.org</a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 28 Jan 2021 21:21:56 +0000 virginia 59524 at https://reproductiverights.org Honduras incumple sus obligaciones internacionales en materia de derechos humanos https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/honduras-incumple-sus-obligaciones-internacionales-en-materia-de-derechos-humanos <span>Honduras incumple sus obligaciones internacionales en materia de derechos humanos</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/527" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="nfranco@reprorights.org">nfranco@repror…</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/28/2021 - 14:59</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hoy el Congreso de Honduras ha ratificado una reforma que incorpora la prohibición absoluta del aborto en el artículo 67 de su Constitución.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nancy Northup, presidenta y directora general del Centro de Derechos Reproductivos dijo:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>"Como organización global de derechos humanos nos preocupa profundamente la incorporación de esta peligrosa reforma en la Constitución de Honduras que bloquea cualquier posible avance en los derechos sexuales y reproductivos de las mujeres y las niñas".  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>"Esta enmienda va claramente en contra de los estándares mínimos internacionales de derechos humanos en torno a la salud sexual y reproductiva los cuales señalan que el aborto debe ser garantizado como un servicio de salud cuando la vida o salud de la mujer está en riesgo, cuando el embarazo es producto de una violación o incesto o cuando un embarazo no es viable”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>"Hoy Honduras es el segundo país con mayor índice de embarazos en adolescentes de América Latina. La evidencia demuestra que la prohibición del aborto sólo conduce a un aumento de los abortos inseguros, y la mortalidad y la morbilidad materna. Por tal motivo Honduras no solo está incumpliendo sus obligaciones internacionales sino que también está poniendo en riesgo la vida, salud y la seguridad de las mujeres y las niñas”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>"Como demuestra nuestro Mapa de las Leyes de Aborto en el Mundo (</span></span></span></span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/worldabortionlaws"><span><span><span>consulte el mapa aqu</span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span>í), ha existido una tendencia global abrumadora hacia la liberalización de las leyes de aborto. Entre 1994 y 2020, más de 50 países han liberalizado sus leyes y 18 han eliminado las prohibiciones totales. El Centro exige al Estado hondureño que cumpla con sus obligaciones internacionales. No olvidemos que los derechos reproductivos son derechos humanos. Nos solidarizamos con las mujeres de Honduras, especialmente con las que viven en condiciones de vulnerabilidad en las zonas rurales. Trabajaremos con ellas para corregir esta injusticia."</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>MEDIA CONTACT:</strong> Daniel Ruge, druge@reprorights.org</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/latin-america-caribbean" hreflang="en">Latin America &amp; Caribbean</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 28 Jan 2021 19:59:20 +0000 nfranco@reprorights.org 59523 at https://reproductiverights.org Honduras Fails to Meet its International Human Rights Obligations https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/honduras-fails-meet-their-international-human-rights-obligations <span>Honduras Fails to Meet its International Human Rights Obligations</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/527" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="nfranco@reprorights.org">nfranco@repror…</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/28/2021 - 14:57</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>Today, lawmakers in Honduras ratified an amendment that incorporates the total prohibition of abortion into article 67 of their Constitution.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights said:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span>“Against the global trend of respecting and advancing women’s rights, Honduras moved backward today with this dangerous and cruel amendment to the Honduran Constitution, which completely prohibits abortion in every circumstance. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“This reform violates international human rights standards that guarantee access to abortion when a woman's life or health is at risk, when the pregnancy is the product of rape or incest, or when a pregnancy is not viable.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Honduras is not only failing to comply with its international obligations, but is also putting the lives, health and safety of women and girls at risk. Honduras has the second-highest teen pregnancy rate in Latin America. Evidence shows that bans on abortion lead to an increase in the number of unsafe abortions, maternal mortality and morbidity.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“As detailed in the Center for Reproductive Rights’ research (see <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/worldabortionlaws">World Abortion Laws Map</a>), countries around the world, including in Latin America, have liberalized their abortion laws in the past 25 years. Between 1994 - 2020, over 50 countries have liberalized their laws, and 18 have removed total bans. The Center urges the Honduran State to comply with its international obligations to protect, respect and fulfill reproductive rights as fundamental human rights. We stand in solidarity with women in Honduras, especially those living in vulnerable conditions in rural areas, and will work with them to right this injustice.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></p> <p><strong>MEDIA CONTACT: </strong><a href="mailto:center.press@reprorights.org">center.press@reprorights.org</a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/latin-america-caribbean" hreflang="en">Latin America &amp; Caribbean</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 28 Jan 2021 19:57:31 +0000 nfranco@reprorights.org 59522 at https://reproductiverights.org Evaluating Priorities: State Lawmakers Must Prioritize Health and Well-being Over Abortion Restrictions https://reproductiverights.org/story/evaluating-priorities-state-lawmakers-must-prioritize-health-and-well-being-over-abortion <span>Evaluating Priorities: State Lawmakers Must Prioritize Health and Well-being Over Abortion Restrictions</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/518" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">virginia</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/27/2021 - 10:33</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>When state lawmakers push through laws restricting access to abortion, they often claim their aim is to protect the health and well-being of women, their pregnancies, and their children. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>But these claims rarely stand up, as shown in <a href="http://www.evaluatingpriorities.org"><strong>Evaluating Priorities</strong></a>, an online resource by the Center for Reproductive Rights and <a href="https://www.ibisreproductivehealth.org/"><span><span>Ibis Reproductive Health</span></span></a>. Its analysis indicates that U.S. states with <em>more </em>anti-abortion laws and policies tend to have <em>fewer </em>policies<em> </em>supporting the health and well-being of pregnant people, children, and families.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>With the 2021 state legislative sessions underway, the Center’s State Policy and Advocacy Team—which tracks and monitors state reproductive rights legislation—examined the policy agendas of a set of newly elected lawmakers in four states to compare how their approaches lined up with the <a href="http://www.evaluatingpriorities.org"><strong>Evaluating Priorities</strong></a> framework. The four states—Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, and Washington—were chosen because of the broad range of perspectives the states represent, from states hostile to abortion access to those with expanded access. (Learn more about state abortion policies <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/what-if-roe-fell">here</a>.)</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Election results can either serve to entrench harmful state policies or work toward a brighter future for all people living in those states. Several of the newly elected state lawmakers we examined have bold platforms aimed at creating the conditions for families and communities to thrive—but others prioritize abortion restrictions over all else. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In <a href="https://evaluatingpriorities.org/state/OK">Oklahoma</a>—a state that according to <a href="https://evaluatingpriorities.org/state/ok/">Evaluating Priorities</a> has twice as many abortion restrictions as supportive health policies—two newly elected lawmakers demonstrate divergent visions for the state. One, Senator Warren Hamilton, is unequivocally focused on <a href="https://www.votehamilton2020.com/platform">“abolishing”</a> abortion. At the same time, Hamilton has <a href="https://www.votehamilton2020.com/platform">prioritized</a> protecting the right to bear arms without restriction, reducing federal involvement in education, and barring transgender and gender non-conforming people from marrying or forming families. A second lawmaker, Representative Mauree Turner, has advocated for quite a different agenda: a comprehensive set of evidence-based policies to improve health. Turner’s <a href="https://www.maureeturner.com/community-issues">platform</a> focused on improving funding for public education, increasing the minimum wage, expanding Medicaid, improving access to reproductive health care, and addressing maternal mortality. Medicaid expansion has been <a href="https://evaluatingpriorities.org/indicators/">shown</a> to improve access to preventive healthcare for women with low-incomes and pregnant people, and evidence <a href="https://evaluatingpriorities.org/indicators/">demonstrates</a> that increases in the minimum wage lead to improvements in family earnings and socioeconomic status while reducing enrollment in public assistance programs.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In <a href="https://evaluatingpriorities.org/state/fl/">Florida</a>, the election of Representative Michele Rayner provides an opportunity for positive change in a state that has passed few supportive health policies and has become increasingly hostile to abortion. Rayner’s sweeping <a href="https://micheleforflorida.com/issues/">agenda</a> focuses on proactive policies to address the social determinants of health, including equitable access to housing, clean air and water, education, and employment. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In <a href="https://evaluatingpriorities.org/state/tx/">Texas</a>—a state with one of the highest numbers of abortion restrictions in the country—the election of Representative Cody Vasut represents a continuation of the status quo. Rather than promoting policies to create the conditions for healthy families and communities, Vasut’s <a href="https://www.votevasut.com/platform">platform</a> centers on abolishing abortion and reducing government involvement in healthcare coverage. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In contrast, in </span><a href="https://evaluatingpriorities.org/state/wa/"><span>Washington</span></a><span>, a state that ranks high in supportive health policies, the election of T’wina Nobles to the state senate may indicate that the state is poised for bold, proactive legislation to support pregnant people, children, and families. Senator Nobles flipped her district—which had long been held by a staunch anti-abortion lawmaker—based on her policy </span><a href="https://twinanobles.com/twina-on-the-issues/"><span>agenda</span></a><span> focusing on investment in public education, strengthened paid sick leave policies, more affordable insurance options, and improved wages. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Different prioritizations of health policies are evident in states across the country—and hundreds of newly elected lawmakers are bringing their agendas to state legislatures this year. While some states, like Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma, continue to fall short in enacting policies that improve health, other states, like Washington, are primed to advance robust health agendas. Such agendas not only improve access to abortion care, but create the environmental, economic, and social conditions for people to make reproductive decisions freely and with sufficient resources and support. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The actions of some state legislators last year are cause for concern regarding priorities in the current legislative session: Despite the pandemic<a>, </a><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/2020LegislativeWrapUp_Digital.pdf">12 states enacted laws</a> restricting abortion care in 2020.<span><span> </span></span>These restrictions <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1363/psrh.12163">led</a> to temporary clinic closures, delays and disruptions in care, and an <a href="https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2774731">increase</a> in the number of people traveling across state lines for abortion care. For those unable to <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32408393/">overcome</a> restrictions due to financial and logistical barriers, abortion care was pushed entirely out of reach.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>During the pandemic and beyond, state lawmakers must cease efforts to restrict abortion access and instead prioritize evidence-based policies to improve the health and well-being of their constituents and address social and structural determinants of health. Some states may consider proactive efforts to expand access to abortion care<span><span>, including eliminating medically unnecessary and burdensome abortion restrictions, codifying the right to abortion in state law, and enacting legislation that allows all qualified and competent health care providers to provide abortion services.</span></span> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>What will <em>your</em> state lawmakers choose to prioritize this year? </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Center for Reproductive Rights will continue to monitor the actions of lawmakers and legislatures in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and will work to </span><span>advance laws and policies supporting greater access to abortion care and block harmful laws restricting access. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Find out more:</span></strong></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><a href="https://evaluatingpriorities.org/"><strong><span>Evaluating Priorities: Evaluating Abortion Restrictions and Supportive Policies Across the U.S.</span></strong></a></span></span></li> <li><span><span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/2020-legislative-wrapup-outlines-abortion-measures-passed-us-states"><strong><span>2020 Legislative Wrap-up: Abortion Measures Passed in U.S. States</span></strong></a></span></span></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/states-usa" hreflang="en">In the States (USA)</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 27 Jan 2021 15:33:19 +0000 virginia 59520 at https://reproductiverights.org Conflict in Colombia https://reproductiverights.org/story/center-reproductive-rights-conflict-colombia <span>Conflict in Colombia</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/26/2021 - 15:55</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Center is working with the transitional justice system created in Colombia after the peace agreement in 2016, in order to identify reproductive violence as a structural phenomenon of the country's local armed conflict. These reproductive violations affected the entire population, not just within the outlawed groups. This study identifies that all parties to the conflict, including the State, committed reproductive violence against women, girls and LGBTQ people.</p> <p>Reproductive violence is a systematic violation of someone's ability to decide whether or not to have children and when, and constitutes violations of reproductive autonomy and health. The Center believes it is time for the Colombian State to recognize reproductive violence as an autonomous category, in order to provide appropriate reparations to victims. It is necessary to make these reproductive violations visible, as they have been part of the multiple forms of sexual violence.</p> <p>One of these sorts of violations came from the Colombian State when it decided to fumigate coca crops with glyphosate, a pesticide that can cause miscarriages according to scientific evidence included in a study conducted by the Universidad del Valle in association with the Center.</p> <p><strong>Related content:</strong></p> <p><em><strong><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/story/center-calls-colombia-halt-use-herbicide-causing-harm-reproductive-health">Center Calls on Colombia to Halt Use of Herbicide Causing Harm to Reproductive Health</a></strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/conflict-areas" hreflang="en">Conflict Areas</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/regions/colombia" hreflang="en">Colombia</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Tue, 26 Jan 2021 20:55:38 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59519 at https://reproductiverights.org Advocating for SRHR at the European Union and the Council of Europe https://reproductiverights.org/story/center-reproductive-rights-advocating-srhr-european-union-council-europe <span>Advocating for SRHR at the European Union and the Council of Europe</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/22/2021 - 16:37</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Center for Reproductive Rights works to ensure that the European Union (EU) addresses shortcomings and deficits with regard to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) within the EU as well as in countries around the world. We are engaging with the European Parliament and the EU Commission to strengthen law, policy and EU action on SRHR issues including in response to ongoing threats of regression and backlash against gender equality and women’s rights.</p> <p>We also work with Council of Europe bodies to raise awareness of sexual and reproductive rights concerns and to influence policy action. We have collaborated with the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe on the Issue Paper on Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Europe, which analyzes key remaining barriers and challenges as well as States’ human rights obligations and sets out the Commissioner’s recommendations to Council of Europe member States for comprehensive measures to guarantee sexual and reproductive health and rights across Europe.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/europe" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 21:37:47 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59512 at https://reproductiverights.org European Abortion Laws: Where do they stand? https://reproductiverights.org/story/center-reproductive-rights-european-abortion-laws <span>European Abortion Laws: Where do they stand?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/22/2021 - 16:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Center for Reproductive Rights monitors and analyzes European abortion laws and advocates for reform of laws to ensure that they reflect international human rights standards and best medical practice. </p> <p>For more than 60 years the overwhelming trend has been for European countries to liberalize their abortion laws and legalize access to abortion. Today <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/European%20abortion%20law%20a%20comparative%20review.pdf">almost all European countries</a> allow abortion on request or on broad social grounds and only a very small minority maintain highly restrictive laws.</p> <p>However, a range of medically unnecessary procedural and regulatory requirements remain enshrined in some countries’ laws. These include mandatory waiting periods or mandatory counseling prior to abortion, the criminalization of abortion performed outside the scope of the law, and burdensome third-party authorization requirements. In recent years, a number of European countries have begun to enact important reforms or to remove these harmful procedural and regulatory barriers that can impede access to legal abortion.</p> <p>For more information please see the Center's <strong>"European Abortion Laws: A Comparative Overview</strong>" <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/European%20abortion%20law%20a%20comparative%20review.pdf">fact sheet</a> or <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/europes-abortion-laws-comparative-overview#:~:text=26%20out%20of%2028%20European,request%20or%20broad%20social%20grounds.">Website page</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/europe" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 21:15:36 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59508 at https://reproductiverights.org