Engaging Policymakers https://reproductiverights.org/taxonomy/term/102/all en Election 2020 Wrap-Up: The Reproductive Rights Landscape https://reproductiverights.org/story/election-2020-wrapup-reproductive-rights <span>Election 2020 Wrap-Up: The Reproductive Rights Landscape</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/24/2020 - 14:23</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>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.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The election of Joseph R. Biden, Jr., as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President brings the promise of a U.S. domestic and foreign policy agenda that once again advances reproductive rights as fundamental human rights. After four years of the Trump-Pence administration’s attempts to undermine reproductive rights through harmful policies and appointments, the Center for Reproductive Rights celebrates the outcome of the presidential election and looks forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration to <span><span>secure reproductive health, rights and justice; promote maternal health; protect civil rights and women’s rights; and renew American leadership in international institutions.</span></span> (<a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/center-reproductive-rights-statement-election-joseph-r-biden-jr-46th-president-united">Read the Center’s statement on the presidential election here.</a>) </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Here’s a wrap-up of other election results and initiatives that will impact reproductive rights and health policies:</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Congress</span></span></strong><strong><span><span> and Federal Legislation </span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>While control of the Senate will not be determined until the outcome of two Georgia runoff elections in January, two new champions of reproductive rights will be joining the Senate: </span></span><span><span>Mark Kelly of Arizona and John Hickenlooper of Colorado. In the House of Representatives, the majority of members will continue to support reproductive rights.</span></span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The Center will continue to advocate for federal legislation to protect and advance reproductive rights and health. </span></span><span><span>Along with our <a href="https://actforwomen.org/the-womens-health-protection-act/">Act for Women</a></span></span> <span><span>campaign partners, we’ll be working to make progress to pass the <a href="http://reproductiverights.org/story/womens-health-protection-act-federal-legislation-protect-right-access-abortion-care">Women’s Health Protection Act</a></span></span><span><span> (WHPA)</span></span><span><span>, which would <span><span>protect the right to access abortion care throughout the country by safeguarding against bans and medically unnecessary restrictions.</span></span> The Center will also continue supporting the <a href="https://allaboveall.org/resource/each-woman-act-fact-sheet/">Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act</a></span></span><span><span>, which</span></span><span><span> aims to ensure insurance coverage for abortion care, no matter what a person’s income or how they’re insured</span></span><span><span>. </span></span><span><span>Vice President-Elect Harris supported both these bills in the Senate.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Improving access to quality maternal health care and addressing the ongoing maternal health crisis—specifically the unconscionable disparities in</span></span> <span><span>maternal health outcomes for Black and Indigenous people in the U.S.—also remains a priority of the Center’s. We are optimistic about the prospect of enacting legislation such as the <a href="https://blackmaternalhealthcaucus-underwood.house.gov/Momnibus">Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act</a></span></span><span><span> to</span></span><span><span> help alleviate these disparities</span></span><span><span>.</span></span><span><span> Vice President-Elect Harris was the lead sponsor of the Senate version of this bill. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>State Ballot Initiatives</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In Colorado and Washington, voters confirmed their support for reproductive health, rights and justice</span></span></span><span><span>. <span>For the fourth time in 12 years, voters in Colorado rejected a ballot measure designed to ban abortion later in pregnancy. The Center joined a coalition of over 125 organizations in opposing this ballot initiative—and its defeat is a victory for Coloradans and for people in surrounding states who rely on Colorado to access this care. In the state of Washington, voters resoundingly supported state legislation requiring </span></span></span><span><span>inclusive, comprehensive, and medically accurate sex education for every student </span></span><span><span>in the state. The measure will ensure that young people in ev</span></span><span><span>ery community will receive health lessons based on science, which will enable them to make their own decisions about sex.</span></span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Unfortunately, in <span>Louisiana</span></span></span><span><span><span>, voters approved an anti-abortion constitutional amendment that added language specifying that the right to abortion is not protected. Louisiana is already </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/what-if-roe-fell?state=LA">hostile to abortion rights</a></span></span><span><span><span>, with numerous restrictions that already make it difficult to access abortion care. Such restrictions are most </span></span></span><span><span>harmful to those already facing barriers to accessing care: Black, Indigenous, and people of color, women, the LGBTQI community, people with low incomes, and young people. <span>Together with our local partners, the Center is committed to fighting </span></span></span><span><span>to make sure Louisianans can access the care they want and need. </span></span><span><span><span>Just this past June, in the Center’s case, </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://beta.reproductiverights.org/case/scotus-june-medical-services/supreme-court-abortion-june-medical/"><em>June Medical Services v. Russo</em></a></span></span><em><span><span><span>, </span></span></span></em><span><span><span>the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that could have closed all but one abortion clinic in the state.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Despite Louisiana’s amendment and numerous restrictions, abortion remains legal in Louisiana and in every U.S. state.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>State Legislation</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Multiple governors who support abortion rights were reelected in November, including North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper and Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee. New state legislators were elected on platforms that include support for reproductive health, rights, and justice and many of these legislators hold identities that are currently underrepresented in their state chambers.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The Center will continue to work with state advocates and legislators to promote state legislation to </span></span><span><span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/what-if-roe-fell#solutions">protect and advance reproductive rights and health</a>, including efforts to protect abortion in state law, increase access to abortion care</span></span><span><span> and reproductive health care, and respond to the maternal health crisis. In addition, we will work with our partners to oppose restrictive state legislation that would limit reproductive autonomy.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>The Federal Courts</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Although the new administration will have the opportunity to appoint demographically diverse judges committed to equal justice under law and to reproductive rights, daunting challenges nonetheless lie ahead. Across President Trump’s term in office, the U.S. Senate confirmed more than 220 judges, including three Supreme Court justices, to lifetime appointments on the federal bench. These judges and justices will be hearing cases for generations to come.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The Center for Reproductive Rights, however, has won cases before a wide range of federal judges who have been appointed by both Republican and Democratic presidents. And the stakes are simply too high to back down: Dozens of abortion-rights cases are working their way through the federal courts, and <a href="https://www.teenvogue.com/story/mississippi-abortion-scotus">one has already arrived at the Supreme Court's doorstep</a></span></span></span>. Also in the pipeline are other cases we are litigating on abortion access, contraception, and the ability to make one's own health care decisions<span><span><span>.</span></span></span><span> </span><span>We will continue to fight in the courts to protect our rights</span><span>. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Moving Forward</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The Center is prepared to work closely with our national and state partners to push forward proactive legislation and block hostile bills in Congress and in the states—and to work with the new administration to undo the damage of the last four years and make progress on rebuilding laws and policies that respect reproductive autonomy and human rights for all. As we’ve done for nearly 30 years, we<span><span> will continue to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights in the U.S. and around the world, no matter the obstacles.</span></span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><em><span><span>Read the Center’s </span></span></em></strong><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/center-reproductive-rights-statement-election-joseph-r-biden-jr-46th-president-united"><strong><em><span><span>statement</span></span></em></strong></a><strong><em><span><span> on the Biden-Harris election victory.</span></span></em></strong></span></span></span></p> <p> </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/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" /> Tue, 24 Nov 2020 19:23:02 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59449 at https://reproductiverights.org New Center Publication Highlights Work with Boko Haram Refugees in Nigeria https://reproductiverights.org/story/new-center-publication-highlights-work-boko-haram-refugees-nigeria <span>New Center Publication Highlights Work with Boko Haram Refugees in Nigeria </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/526" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="ldarwin@reprorights.org">ldarwin@repror…</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/18/2020 - 10:44</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>In Nigeria, millions of women have been harmed by the decades-long Boko Haram insurgency. They have lost their homes, loved ones, and suffered layers of abuse, violence, and trauma from this ongoing conflict, which first began in 2009.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>In a new publication,</span></span> <em><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-11/Accounting-for-resiliency-Nigeria.pdf"><span><span>Accounting for Resiliency and Abuse in Nigeria,</span></span></a></em><span> <span>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. It also highlights Center’s longtime work in Nigeria’s conflict areas, work that includes movement building, research, legal accountability measures, and advocating on behalf of those affected by the conflict. This publication follows the Center's recent fact-finding <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/reproductive-rights-northeast-nigeria-conflict-report">report</a>, which presented key learnings from its work in the Nigerian states of Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, and Abuja.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Since 2017, Onyema Afulukwe, the Center’s Senior Counsel for Africa, has interviewed more than 250 women and girls who have experienced conflict-related sexual and reproductive health and rights violations. The accounts she has witnessed and documented are helping the Center and its local partners to lay the foundation for meaningful change</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“These women and girls went through unspeakable experiences,” Afulukwe said. “I feel a deep need to ensure that their stories are told and their voices are heard.” </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-11/Accounting-for-resiliency-Nigeria.pdf"><span><span>Read their stories and learn more about the Center’s work in Nigerian conflict zones here.</span></span></a></span></span></span></p> <a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-11/Accounting-for-resiliency-Nigeria.pdf"><img alt="Click to read Nigeria feature" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b0bcd9ee-a03f-4925-b11c-92e63c4753f3" height="407" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Nigeria-Feature.png" width="313" class="align-center" /></a> <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="/story/african-commission-maternal-mortality-case" hreflang="en">African Commission to Hear Case on Maternal Deaths Brought by the Center and Partners</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/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="/our-regions/nigeria" hreflang="en">Nigeria</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" /> Wed, 18 Nov 2020 15:44:41 +0000 ldarwin@reprorights.org 59441 at https://reproductiverights.org Submission to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Briefing on Maternal Health Disparities https://reproductiverights.org/document/submission-us-commission-civil-rights-briefing-maternal-health-disparities <span>Submission to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Briefing on Maternal Health Disparities</span> <div class="field field--name-field-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/briefing-papers" hreflang="en">Briefing Papers</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Thu, 11/12/2020 - 11:03</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's written testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, submitted Nov. 13, 2020, discusses the real-life impacts of racial bias and discrimination in U.S. maternal health care; describes the U.S. government’s obligations to promote the human rights of all birthing people and where it has fallen short; discusses the role of the federal government in addressing the maternal health crisis; and shares key federal policy recommendations.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-11/Panel%203%20-%20Jennifer%20Jacoby%20-%20Testimony.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=294424" title="Panel 3 - Jennifer Jacoby - Testimony.pdf">The Center's Written Testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Briefing on Maternal Health Disparities</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <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-above"> <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-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/washington-dc" hreflang="en">In Washington D.C.</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 12 Nov 2020 16:03:39 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59439 at https://reproductiverights.org Center for Reproductive Rights Statement on the Election of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. as the 46th President of the United States https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/center-reproductive-rights-statement-election-joseph-r-biden-jr-46th-president-united <span>Center for Reproductive Rights Statement on the Election of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. as the 46th President of the United States</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/518" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">virginia</span></span> <span>Sat, 11/07/2020 - 11:38</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><strong><span>Center for Reproductive Rights Statement on the election of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. as the 46th President of the United States</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Statement of Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights: </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>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. Biden ran on a platform committed to an America that respects and embraces its broad diversity and promotes health care as a human right, including protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. The Center for Reproductive Rights looks forward to the opportunity to transform these commitments into reality so that every person has access to the full range of reproductive health care, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, national origin, age, or zip code.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>When sworn in, Vice President Kamala Harris will break gender, race, and ethnic barriers, serving as the first woman, the first African American, and the first South Asian American in this office. She has a strong reproductive rights record, co-sponsoring  bills addressing maternal health, contraception, sex education and abortion access, including the Women’s Health Protection Act, that would counter the threat of the Supreme Court reversing or gutting <em>Roe v. Wade. </em>She also supports the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act, which will ensure that abortion care is covered under federal health insurance programs. And she is the lead sponsor of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act, which addresses the unconscionable maternal health disparities and poor outcomes for Black and indigenous people. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Harris has vigorously opposed judicial nominees who are hostile to constitutional protections for reproductive rights. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>After inauguration on January 20, President Biden and his administration must move quickly to reverse the harmful policies of the Trump administration. President Biden ran on a platform to secure reproductive health, rights and justice; promote maternal health; protect civil rights and women’s rights; and renew American leadership in international institutions, by once again promoting sustainable development, democracy, and human rights.  Critical executive branch actions to advance this agenda include:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><strong><span>Executive Orders</span></strong><span> to rescind the Global Gag Rule and the Domestic Gag Rule;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong><span>Restore funding</span></strong><span> to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund; and rejoin the WHO and the UN Human Rights Council;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong><span>Appoint </span></strong><span>to the federal courts and Department of Justice demographically diverse lawyers with a demonstrated commitment to equal justice under law and reproductive rights; appoint to the Department of Health and Human Services officials who are committed to evidence-based reproductive health policies and to addressing racial health disparities; appoint to the State Department individuals with a demonstrated commitment to gender equity as a foreign policy priority, and to respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights; </span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong><span>Rescind Trump-era regulations</span></strong><span>, including those that allow health care workers to deny reproductive health care, and employers and universities to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees and students;</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong><span>Champion Congressional passage</span></strong><span> of the Women’s Health Protection Act, the EACH Woman Act, and the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span>Even with the seismic shift coming to the White House in January, access to contraception and abortion care remain vulnerable because of the relentless assaults by state elected officials hostile to reproductive rights. Since 2011, more than 500 state restrictions on access to abortion have been passed, and the Center for Reproductive Rights is currently litigating over two dozen cases challenging these dangerous laws. Recent years have seen ever-more extreme measures that directly defy the clear constitutional guarantees of <em>Roe v. Wade</em> and are intended to set up a show-down in the Supreme Court to overturn or gut the landmark decision. Such r</span><span>estrictions disproportionately harm people </span><span>already facing obstacles to health care, including Black, Indigenous and people of color, rural communities, and people living in poverty. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Despite these attacks, there were two reproductive rights victories on November 3: For the fourth time in 12 years, voters in Colorado rejected a ballot measure that was designed to ban abortion later in pregnancy with no exceptions. This is a victory for all Coloradans and for many people in surrounding states who have long relied on Colorado for abortion care later in pregnancy. And in Washington state, voters chose to institute inclusive, comprehensive sex education so that every student in the state will receive honest, accurate, and inclusive information about sexual health.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>As we look to the future, the lawyers and human rights advocates at the Center for Reproductive Rights will continue to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights in the U.S. and around the world, no matter the obstacles. We will partner with civil society, government, and the private sector to build legal guarantees to the right of every person to access reproductive healthcare and to make their own decisions about their reproductive lives. We will defend against efforts to roll back legal guarantees, and we will hold governments accountable for living up to their commitments to protect, defend, and advance reproductive rights.</span></span></span></span></p> <p>###</p> <p><strong>MEDIA CONTACT: </strong>center.press@reprorights.org</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/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" /> Sat, 07 Nov 2020 16:38:26 +0000 virginia 59436 at https://reproductiverights.org Europe Update: Abortion Rights at Risk in Poland and Slovakia https://reproductiverights.org/story/europe-update-abortion-rights-risk-poland-and-slovakia <span>Europe Update: Abortion Rights at Risk in Poland and Slovakia </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/526" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="ldarwin@reprorights.org">ldarwin@repror…</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/06/2020 - 11:54</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>Recent developments in Poland and Slovakia demonstrate the ongoing struggle to defend abortion rights against coordinated and systemic attacks on sexual and reproductive rights across the world.  </p> <p><strong>Poland  </strong></p> <p>Poland has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe and access to abortion in the country is extremely limited—and often practically impossible. Poland is one of only two countries in the European Union that does not allow abortion on request or on broad social grounds. A recent ruling by the country’s Constitutional Tribunal will make abortion care even more difficult to access.  </p> <p>On October 22, 2020, the Tribunal ruled that abortion on grounds of severe or fatal fetal impairment is unconstitutional.  As a result of this ruling, which will take effect once published in Journal of Laws, abortion will only be permitted in situations of risk to the life or health of a pregnant woman, or if a pregnancy results from sexual assault. </p> <p>However, because it is almost impossible in practice for women in these circumstances to obtain access to legal abortion in Poland, the Tribunal ruling is akin to the introduction of a near-total ban on abortion. If the decision takes effect, women’s health and wellbeing will be gravely harmed. </p> <p>The case, which was filed by conservative lawmakers in the country’s parliament, is only the latest in a long line of attacks on women’s human rights by Polish Government lawmakers. Over the past few years there have been waves of legislative attempts to introduce near-total bans on abortion in the country.  </p> <p>At the same time, the rule of law and independence of the judiciary has been significantly weakened in Poland in recent years. The Constitutional Tribunal—the top court overseeing the compliance with Poland’s constitution—is now controlled by the nation’s ruling Law and Justice party and is no longer an independent or impartial court. This decision demonstrates that Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal is unable to undertake impartial constitutional review of legislation in light of Poland’s human rights obligations.  </p> <p>Ahead of the Tribunal’s hearing on the case, the Center, together with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/joint-statement-issued-amnesty-international-center-reproductive-rights-and-human-rights">expressed concerns</a> about the impartiality of the Tribunal and mandated expert observers to monitor the proceedings. As the Center’s Regional Director for Europe Leah Hoctor explained, restrictions like these—which roll back women’s rights to critical sexual and reproductive health care—violate Poland’s obligations under international human rights law.  </p> <p>“Women’s human rights and access to reproductive health care are under siege in Poland. Legal prohibitions on abortion serve no purpose except to deny women access to the healthcare they need and harm their health and wellbeing. Polish legislators must act now to bring the country’s law into line with other EU countries and ensure that women in Poland can access abortion care when they need it,” Hoctor said.  </p> <p>Poland has long had one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws. While 25 of the 27 European member states allow abortion on request or on broad social grounds, only Poland and Malta do not. Even in situations in which abortion is legal, multiple barriers severely limit access to care. Women are often forced to travel to other countries in order to access safe and legal care or obtain clandestine abortion in Poland. </p> <p>The Tribunal’s latest restriction has sparked a series of massive protests across Poland, as people fight back against the harmful ruling. The Center, together with over 190 civil society organizations from across the world, have <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/international-solidarity-women-and-peaceful-protestors-poland">called on</a> the Polish authorities to respect the right to freedom of assembly and peaceful protest.  </p> <p>“We express our deep admiration for the courageous and tireless efforts of those defending the rights of women and the rule of law in Poland. Threatening peaceful protestors with violence and prosecution is unacceptable. The Polish Government must respect the rights of freedom of assembly and peaceful protest,” said Hoctor.  </p> <p> <br /> <strong>Slovakia  </strong></p> <p>On October 20, 2020, the Slovak Parliament rejected harmful legislation that would have rolled back women’s reproductive rights in the country. The proposal would have subjected women to new harmful and medically unnecessary requirements prior to abortion, including by extending the 48-hour mandatory waiting period to 96 hours.  </p> <p>Earlier this fall, the Center submitted a <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Joint%20civil%20society%20letter%20Slovakia_Bill%20154%20%282020%29_English%20original.pdf">letter</a> to the Slovak Parliament on behalf of 111 civil society organizations from across the world urging lawmakers to reject this regressive legislation and refrain from further attempts to restrict reproductive rights in Slovakia. </p> <p>If passed, this draft legislation would have forced patients to obtain authorization from two doctors, instead of one, in situations where an abortion is necessary for medical reasons, and require that patients disclose their reason for seeking an abortion and other private information. The bill also sought to prohibit so-called “advertising” on abortion which would have restricted doctors’ ability to provide evidence-based information on abortion and where to access legal abortion care.  </p> <p>“The sole purpose of the proposed legislation was to introduce new barriers to women’s access to abortion care in Slovakia,” Adriana Lamačková, senior legal adviser for Europe at the Center, explained. “We applaud the Slovak Parliament’s rejection of these regressive legislative proposals and call on the legislators to refrain from imposing further restrictions on women’s reproductive rights.” </p> <p>Experts agree that these restrictions are harmful, medically unnecessary, and contravene World Health Organization guidelines. While the Slovak Parliament’s rejection of this legislation is critical to the protection of women’s health and well-being, this is only the latest attempt by Slovakia’s group of parliamentarians to restrict reproductive rights.  </p> <p>The United Nations has repeatedly called on Slovakia to remove barriers to accessing safe and legal abortion, and other organizations, including the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, have all expressed concerns about these continued regressive proposals. </p> <p>The Center will continue to monitor and oppose threats to abortion rights and access across Europe and the world.  </p> <p>For more on our work in Poland and Slovakia, <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/our-regions/europe">click here</a>. </p> <p> </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/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Fri, 06 Nov 2020 16:54:46 +0000 ldarwin@reprorights.org 59432 at https://reproductiverights.org Open Secret: The Toll of Unsafe Abortion in Tanzania https://reproductiverights.org/document/open-secret-toll-unsafe-abortion-tanzania-0 <span>Open Secret: The Toll of Unsafe Abortion in Tanzania</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/fact-sheets" hreflang="en">Fact Sheets</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/03/2020 - 13:48</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>This research documents the experiences of Tanzanian women and girls with unsafe abortion, including the role of the restrictive legal and policy framework in driving the high levels of unsafe abortion and limiting access to post-abortion care. It further highlights the government’s failure to ensure access to the necessary reproductive health information and services that are crucial in preventing unplanned and unwanted pregnancies, including among vulnerable groups such as adolescents and victims of sexual violence. The research is based on interviews and focus group discussions conducted in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, and Arusha with women and girls, government officials, law enforcement bodies, and nongovernmental organizations.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The report calls upon the government of Tanzania to respect, protect and fulfill the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls through effective implementation of policy and programmatic measures aimed at addressing the toll of unsafe abortions. This includes removing criminal sanctions for abortion services and ensuring the legal framework is in line with the Maputo protocol; implementing a comprehensive guideline to health care providers; and ensuring that health care facilities are well equipped to provide abortion services. The report further calls on the government of Tanzania to disseminate scientifically accurate and comprehensive information on safe abortion services and address the stigma perpetrated against those who procure safe abortion services.</span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/The%20Toll%20of%20Unsafe%20Abortion%20in%20Tanzania_0.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=132461" title="The Toll of Unsafe Abortion in Tanzania_0.pdf">The Toll of Unsafe Abortion in Tanzania</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Lack%20of%20Safe%20Abortion%20Services_0.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=260962" title="Lack of Safe Abortion Services_0.pdf">Lack of Safe Abortion Services</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Failure%20to%20Prevent%20Unplanned%20Pregnancies_0.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=492075" title="Failure to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancies_0.pdf">Failure to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancies</a></span> </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/tanzania" hreflang="en">Tanzania</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, 03 Nov 2020 18:48:00 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59422 at https://reproductiverights.org Access to IVF for Servicemembers and Veterans https://reproductiverights.org/document/access-ivf-servicemembers-and-veterans <span>Access to IVF for Servicemembers and Veterans</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/fact-sheets" hreflang="en">Fact Sheets</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/29/2020 - 09:58</span> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/IVF%20fact%20sheet_final.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=200186">IVF fact sheet_final.pdf</a></span> </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/ivf" hreflang="en">IVF</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/washington-dc" hreflang="en">In Washington D.C.</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:58:03 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59428 at https://reproductiverights.org Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal Rolls Back Reproductive Rights https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/polands-constitutional-tribunal-rolls-back-reproductive-rights <span>Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal Rolls Back Reproductive Rights</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/526" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="ldarwin@reprorights.org">ldarwin@repror…</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/22/2020 - 12:34</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>The Polish Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling to invalidate the constitutionality of access to abortion on the ground of “severe and irreversible fetal defect or incurable illness that threatens the fetus’ life” will further harm women and girls and violates their human rights, Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch said today.<br /> <br /> Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch sent independent expert monitors to observe the hearing of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal and to analyze the decision.<br /> <br /> “Today’s judgement puts the health and lives of women in Poland at great risk and violates Poland’s obligations under international human rights treaties to refrain from retrogressive measures that roll-back women’s rights to sexual and reproductive health care,” said <strong>Leah Hoctor, regional director for Europe at the Center for Reproductive Rights.</strong> “Poland must act now to bring its law into line with other EU member states and legalize abortion on a woman’s request or broad social grounds, and guarantee women’s full and effective access to care in situations where women’s physical or mental health is at risk.”</p> <p>“This judgement is the result of a coordinated systematic wave of attacks on women’s human rights by Polish lawmakers, and represents their latest attempt to ban abortion in Poland, “ said <strong>Esther Major, senior research adviser at Amnesty International.</strong>  “Legal prohibitions on abortion do not prevent abortion or reduce the rates of abortion; they serve only to damage women’s health by pushing abortions underground or forcing women to travel to foreign countries to access abortion care they need and to which they have a right.  Although all women may be affected by this cruel judgement, marginalized groups of women who cannot afford to travel will disproportionately suffer the consequences of the judges’ actions today.”</p> <p>“Instead of safeguarding and protecting people’s rights, Poland’s Constitutional Court has contributed to violating them,” said <strong>Hillary Margolis, senior researcher on women’s rights at Human Rights Watch. </strong>“The European Commission and EU member states should urgently address breaches of rule of law and their impact on fundamental rights in Poland. Ensuring women’s human rights, including their reproductive rights, is essential to upholding EU values. Poland’s flagrant disregard for these values is dangerous not only for women and girls in Poland, but throughout Europe. Women in Poland have sustained attacks against their rights again and again, and will not stop fighting for their right to abortion care. We stand with them every step of the way.”</p> <p><strong>Background:</strong></p> <p>Poland has one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws. It is one of only two of 27 European Union member states that do not allow abortion on request or on broad social grounds. Under Polish law, abortion is only permitted to safeguard the life or health of women, or where the pregnancy results from rape. Prior to today’s ruling it was also legal in situations of “severe and irreversible fetal defect or incurable illness that threatens the fetus’ life.” Even in situations in which abortion is legal, multiple barriers combine to severely limit access to care in practice. </p> <p>The ruling Law and Justice party has repeatedly moved to further curb sexual and reproductive health and rights, including through a bill that would have enacted a total abortion ban. Such attempts have been met by mass <a href="https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/10/01/polish-women-rally-protect-rights-and-lives">public protests</a> and condemnation by international human rights bodies and European institutions.</p> <p>Since coming to power in 2015, the Law and Justice government has <a href="https://www.hrw.org/report/2017/10/24/eroding-checks-and-balances/rule-law-and-human-rights-under-attack-poland">undermined</a> the Constitutional Tribunal’s independence and its effectiveness as a check on the executive. The Council of Europe’s legal advisory body, the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_17_5367">Venice Commission</a>, and the European Commission have censured the Polish government’s interference with the Tribunal. In its September 2020 rule of law report, the Commission <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/pl_rol_country_chapter.pdf">noted</a> that “concerns over the independence and legitimacy of the Constitutional Tribunal” remain unresolved. In 2017, the European Commission <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_17_5367">launched</a> proceedings against Poland under Article 7(1) TEU in 2017 due to breaches of rule of law, including concerns related to the lack of an independent and legitimate constitutional review.</p> <p>Amnesty International, Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch sent independent expert monitors to observe the hearing of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal and analyse the decision regarding the constitutionality of access to abortion on the ground of “severe and irreversible fetal defect or incurable illness that threatens the fetus’ life” on 22 October 2020.</p> <p>###</p> <p><strong>Press Contacts:</strong></p> <p><strong>For Center for Reproductive Rights:</strong></p> <p>Geraldine Henrich-Koenis, <a href="mailto:ghenrichkoenis@reprorights.org">ghenrichkoenis@reprorights.org</a>, +01-7033141137</p> <p><strong>For Amnesty International:</strong></p> <p>For more information or to arrange an interview contact: <a href="mailto:alison.abrahams@amnesty.org">alison.abrahams@amnesty.org</a> +32 (0) 483 680 812<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>For Human Rights Watch:</strong></p> <p>In London, Hillary Margolis, (English, French): Phone +44 7733 486 524 or Phone/WhatsApp: +1-917-385-4107; E-mail: <a href="mailto:margolh@hrw.org">margolh@hrw.org</a>; Twitter <a href="twitter.com/hillarymargo">@hillarymargo</a></p> <p>In Brussels,<strong> </strong>Philippe Dam  (English, French): Cellphone: +32 495 45 22 71, E-mail: <a href="mailto:Philippe.dam@hrw.org">Philippe.dam@hrw.org</a>, Twitter: <a href="twitter.com/Philippe_Dam">@Philippe_Dam</a></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/joint-statement-issued-amnesty-international-center-reproductive-rights-and-human-rights" hreflang="en">Joint Statement issued by Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch on Upcoming Session of the Constitutional Tribunal in Poland</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/poland" hreflang="en">Poland</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, 22 Oct 2020 16:34:49 +0000 ldarwin@reprorights.org 59420 at https://reproductiverights.org Center’s Concerns About Judge Barrett’s Reproductive Rights Views “Further Intensified” After Committee Testimony https://reproductiverights.org/story/concerns-judge-barrett-opposition-reproductive-rights-further-intensified <span>Center’s Concerns About Judge Barrett’s Reproductive Rights Views “Further Intensified” After Committee Testimony</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">Updated Report Examines the SCOTUS Nominee’s Testimony Before the Senate Judiciary Committee </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/21/2020 - 16:51</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 has issued an <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/FINAL_Barrett%20Hearing%20Analysis.pdf">updated report</a> after analyzing Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee October 12-14. The report, issued October 16, concludes that the Center’s earlier concerns about Judge Barrett’s extreme record opposing reproductive rights are “further intensified” as a result of her testimony.</p> <p>The new report follows an <a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/FINAL_Public%20Barrett%20Analysis%20%281%29.pdf">earlier analysis</a> issued by the Center on October 7 that examined Judge Barrett’s judicial rulings during her three years as an appellate court judge, her academic writings and speeches, and her public statements and advocacy against reproductive rights. Based on that analysis—which concluded that Judge Barrett “stands all too ready, if not eager, to undermine women’s basic liberty rights”—the <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/center-reproductive-rights-opposes-confirmation-judge-amy-coney-barrett">Center announced its opposition</a> to Judge Barrett’s confirmation. The opposition marked only the second time since the Center’s founding in 1992 that it opposed a Supreme Court nominee.</p> <p>During her confirmation hearing before the Judiciary Committee, Judge Barrett consistently refused to address the overwhelming evidence in her record that demonstrated her hostility to decades of U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence protecting reproductive rights.</p> <p>The Center’s <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/FINAL_Barrett%20Hearing%20Analysis.pdf">new report</a> states that during her testimony, Judge Barrett:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Flatly refused to answer whether <em>Roe v. Wade</em> was correctly decided, even though she was willing to offer her views on other Supreme Court decisions.</p> </li> <li> <p>Made clear that she does not consider <em>Roe</em> to be among a select group of cases that she considers to be “super precedent”—cases that are so well settled that no political actors would push to overturn them.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p>Consistently refused to provide meaningful answers about her views of the Constitution's protections for reproductive rights, but instead merely summarized the history of Supreme Court rulings.</p> </li> <li> <p>Justified alarming judicial overreach in reproductive rights cases to address issues she wanted to reach and misrepresented her handling of Supreme Court precedent in an abortion “bubble zone” case.</p> </li> <li> <p>Used inflammatory and inaccurate rhetoric to describe unconstitutional restrictions on abortion.</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Read the full Center report here:</em> <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/FINAL_Barrett%20Hearing%20Analysis.pdf">“Update to the Report of the Center for Reproductive Rights on the Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court”</a> </strong></p> <p>The stakes of this nomination could not be higher. The next Supreme Court justice will hear cases impacting people’s lives for generations to come—not only on issues of reproductive rights, but on access to health care, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, and disability rights. On abortion rights alone, more than a dozen cases are in the Supreme Court pipeline—including test cases aiming to overturn <em>Roe </em>or chip away at its protections.</p> <p>The Supreme Court’s vital role in protecting and upholding civil rights and liberties cannot be compromised by a nominee fundamentally hostile to our constitutional rights. The Center for Reproductive Rights opposes the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.</p> <p><strong><em>Take action:</em></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://p2a.co/Iq18bnH">Tell your Senators to vote NO on Judge Barrett’s confirmation.</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/save-roe"><strong>Click here for more information and tools to oppose Judge Barrett's confirmation. </strong></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/washington-dc" hreflang="en">In Washington D.C.</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:51:37 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59419 at https://reproductiverights.org Joint Statement issued by Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch on Upcoming Session of the Constitutional Tribunal in Poland https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/joint-statement-issued-amnesty-international-center-reproductive-rights-and-human-rights <span>Joint Statement issued by Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch on Upcoming Session of the Constitutional Tribunal in Poland</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/526" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="ldarwin@reprorights.org">ldarwin@repror…</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/20/2020 - 14:45</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>Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch will be sending independent expert monitors to the forthcoming hearing of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal as the court prepares to issue a decision regarding the constitutionality of access to abortion on the ground of “severe and irreversible foetal defect or incurable illness that threatens the foetus’ life” [1] on 22 October 2020. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Given our long standing and publicly expressed concerns about the human rights of women and girls that are at stake, we view it as essential to observe the proceedings in this important case. The Constitutional Tribunal’s upcoming proceedings take place in the context of repeated government attacks on women’s rights and efforts to roll back reproductive rights, as well as legal and policy changes that have undermined the independence of the judiciary and rule of law in Poland. The observers will report directly to the respective organizations on the proceedings and any outcome decision of the court following their observer mission.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>All three organizations have written to the Constitutional Tribunal to formally request seats in the court for their observers to be able to observe the proceedings. Trial observations take place in both criminal and civil cases, and other types of judicial proceedings, where human rights concerns of a critical nature are at stake. The organizations will draw on experienced and respected jurists who have expertise in international human rights law to observe the proceedings. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span>[1]</span></span></span></span></span></span><em><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span> Article 4a, sec. 1 point 2 and Article 4a sec. 2, first sentence of the Act on Family Planning, Human Embryo Protection, and Conditions of Legal Pregnancy Termination.</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p> </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/poland" hreflang="en">Poland</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, 20 Oct 2020 18:45:31 +0000 ldarwin@reprorights.org 59416 at https://reproductiverights.org