Engaging Policymakers https://reproductiverights.org/taxonomy/term/102/all en Center’s New Issue Brief Outlines U.S. Mistreatment of Pregnant Immigrants and Asylum Seekers https://reproductiverights.org/story/issue-brief-us-mistreatment-pregnant-immigrants-asylum-seekers <span>Center’s New Issue Brief Outlines U.S. Mistreatment of Pregnant Immigrants and Asylum Seekers</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/22/2020 - 10:50</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>A new issue brief from the Center for Reproductive Rights and partner organizations details how the U.S. government has exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to eviscerate humanitarian and human rights protections for immigrants and people seeking asylum, with devastating consequences for pregnant people along the U.S.-Mexico border and in immigration detention.</p> <p>A co-publication of the Center for Reproductive Rights, American Friends Service Committee, Human Rights First, and the Women’s Refugee Commission, the brief is titled <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Pregnant%20Immigrants%20and%20Asylum%20Seekers%20During%20COVID-19.pdf"><strong>“Pregnant Immigrants and Asylum Seekers During COVID-19: U.S. Government Abuses at the Border and Beyond.”</strong></a></p> <p>Released just hours before a whistleblower complaint accused a detention center in Georgia of performing nonconsensual hysterectomies on immigrant women, this brief provides timely information about the threats to reproductive health and autonomy faced by immigrants and asylum seekers in U.S. custody.</p> <p>The brief contextualizes human rights abuses identified through news articles, reports, and complaints, and offers recommendations that are urgently needed to ensure the health and safety of pregnant and postpartum asylum seekers and immigrants.</p> <p>“Safeguarding the health, safety, and rights of marginalized populations, including pregnant people, should be central to our pandemic response,” said Monique Baumont, Research and Policy Analyst with the Center for Reproductive Rights. “Yet evidence indicates that the current administration has exploited the pandemic to further dehumanize and violate the rights of pregnant immigrants and asylum seekers, with devastating impacts.”</p> <p><strong>Pregnant Immigrants Face Human Rights Abuses</strong></p> <p>The report describes a persistent pattern of mistreatment of pregnant immigrants and people seeking asylum and demonstrates how policies during the pandemic have exacerbated long-standing human rights violations.</p> <p>For example, the Department of Homeland Security has used a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order allegedly aimed at protecting public health as an excuse to block and expel more than 109,000 migrants and people seeking asylum, including unaccompanied children and pregnant people. Meanwhile, pregnant people in immigration detention face heightened threats to their health as ICE refuses to provide adequate medical care or release them to safety.</p> <p>News reports and complaints submitted to the Office of Inspector General highlight this pattern of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment:</p> <ul> <li>A Guatemalan asylum seeker was forced to give birth at a border patrol station, despite her repeated requests for medical attention. After being sent to a hospital after giving birth, she was returned to the border patrol station with her newborn just two days later.</li> <li>A pregnant Honduran asylum seeker and her two daughters were expelled to Mexico while the woman was having contractions and asking for medical attention.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Policy Changes Urgently Needed</strong></p> <p>The brief makes a series of recommendations, including that the Department of Homeland Security and CDC rescind the CDC order and restore the orderly processing of asylum seekers; and that ICE stop detaining migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic and prohibit the detention of pregnant and postpartum migrants.</p> <p><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Pregnant%20Immigrants%20and%20Asylum%20Seekers%20During%20COVID-19.pdf"><strong>“Pregnant Immigrants and Asylum Seekers During COVID-19”</strong></a> is the latest in a <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/resources-0">series of fact sheets</a> from the Center concerning reproductive rights during the pandemic.</p> <p><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Pregnant%20Immigrants%20and%20Asylum%20Seekers%20During%20COVID-19.pdf"><strong><em>Click here</em></strong></a><strong><em> to read the full issue brief.</em></strong></p> <p><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/resources-0"><strong><em>Click here</em></strong></a><strong><em> for the Center’s complete series of COVID-19 fact sheets.</em></strong></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/washington-dc" hreflang="en">In Washington D.C.</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:50:38 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59350 at https://reproductiverights.org Joint Civil Society Letter on Proposed Abortion Restrictions in Slovakia (Slovak Version) https://reproductiverights.org/document/joint-letter-proposed-abortion-restrictions-slovakia-slovak <span>Joint Civil Society Letter on Proposed Abortion Restrictions in Slovakia (Slovak Version)</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/books-reports" hreflang="en">Books &amp; Reports</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, 09/08/2020 - 12:26</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/Joint%20civil%20society%20letter%20Slovakia_Bill%20154%20%282020%29_Slovak%20translation.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=70361">Joint civil society letter Slovakia_Bill 154 (2020)_Slovak translation.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/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/slovakia" hreflang="en">Slovakia</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, 08 Sep 2020 16:26:30 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59339 at https://reproductiverights.org Joint Civil Society Letter on Proposed Abortion Restrictions in Slovakia (English Version) https://reproductiverights.org/document/joint-letter-proposed-abortion-restrictions-slovakia-english <span>Joint Civil Society Letter on Proposed Abortion Restrictions in Slovakia (English Version)</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/books-reports" hreflang="en">Books &amp; Reports</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, 09/08/2020 - 11:22</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/Joint%20civil%20society%20letter%20Slovakia_Bill%20154%20%282020%29_English%20original.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=55216">Joint civil society letter Slovakia_Bill 154 (2020)_English original.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/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/slovakia" hreflang="en">Slovakia</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, 08 Sep 2020 15:22:37 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59338 at https://reproductiverights.org Report: Lives at stake as more Kenyan women and girls opt for unsafe abortion despite constitutional protections https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/report-lives-stake-more-kenyan-women-and-girls-opt-unsafe-abortion-despite <span>Report: Lives at stake as more Kenyan women and girls opt for unsafe abortion despite constitutional protections</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/527" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="nfranco@reprorights.org">nfranco@repror…</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/25/2020 - 09:51</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-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">The publication highlights ineffective implementation of Article 26(4) of the Constitution, inadequate application of the provision in adjudicating abortion cases, and entrenchment of abortion stigma in criminal justice system</div> </div> <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>The number of women and girls from poor and marginalized communities seeking unsafe abortion services from quacks is on the rise, according to a report released today on the state of access to safe abortion in Kenya. The report by Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), reveals that the opinion of a trained health professional when it comes to access to safe abortion, despite being protected in Article 26(4) of the constitution, is not only disregarded but also suppressed by the current legal mechanisms.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Some of the ways the constitutional provisions for reproductive health rights are either ignored, sidelined or rendered ineffective include: When courts do not explicitly apply Article 26(4) to its full extent during proceedings or determinations of abortion cases; when abortion cases are concluded without full investigation evidence presented in judicial proceedings; and when accused women and girls are ‘publicly lynched’ and branded criminals without investigations into the circumstances surrounding  terminations of their pregnancies, reveals the report titled <em>A Decade of Existence: Tracking Implementation of Article 26(4) of the Constitution.</em></span></span></p> <p><span><span>“The persisting stigma and false narratives about abortion in the public domain and criminal justice system has put the lives of more Kenyan women and girls on the line,” said <strong>Evelyne Opondo, Senior Regional Director for Africa, Center for Reproductive Rights</strong>.  “They are afraid of seeking safe and legal abortion for fear of prosecution even in situations where terminated pregnancy is the result of rape. Abortion stigma violates the rights of women and girls to access health, psychosocial support, and freedom from cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment. “</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Article 26(4) provides for right to abortion where, in opinion of a trained health professional there is need for emergency treatment, or life or health of pregnant woman or girl is in danger. Nurses, clinical officers, midwives, doctors and obstetrician gynecologists are trained health professionals permitted by Constitution 2010. Unsafe abortion is responsible for the deaths of nearly 2,600 women and girls in Kenya every year, which translates to seven deaths every day. This report comes in the wake of media reports of increased incidents of gender based violence, rape, and women opting for back alley abortions as a consequence.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The launch of the report coincides with the marking of 10th anniversary since promulgation of the Constitution. It comes on the heels of sustained calls by civil society to banish attempts at watering down constitutional provisions for safeguarding lives and health of Kenyan women and girls. The Report also highlights current legal frameworks on abortion before and since the promulgation of the current constitution, the implementation of Article 26(4) in the Judiciary, the impact of enforcement of abortion laws and constitutional cases on Article 26(4).</span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>Pre-2010: Penal Code did not include provisions when abortion could be considered lawful. Permitted surgical operation on an unborn child if the operation is reasonable to perform for the preservation of the woman’s life</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Post-2010: Article 26 (4) paved way for public education, sensitization, awareness and information on access to lawful abortion, provision of safe abortion and comprehensive reproductive health services to expectant women. Alignment of the Penal Code with the Constitution</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Enforcement (2010-2019):47% of cases involved charges of concealing birth, 22% of cases involved charges of attempt to procure abortion</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Constitutional case: Centered on plight of JMM, a young girl whose defilement, pregnancy, unsafe abortion, failure to receive quality health care, and ultimate death was connected to the Ministry of Health’s unlawful withdrawal of the Standards and Guidelines and the National Training Curriculum</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span>“Safeguarding access to safe abortion and abortion-related care within context of all relevant Kenyan laws requires commitment by State agencies,” observed <strong>Atieno Odhiambo, Technical Lead for Africa, Center for Reproductive Rights</strong>. “Women and girls of Kenya expect more from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Chief Justice, Inspector General of Police, Members of Parliament and Ministry of Health.” </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Some of the recommendations the report makes towards ending violations in prosecution of abortion-related offences and toward enhanced legal protection for access to safe abortion include:</span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>Train police and prosecutors on interpretation and application of the constitutional provisions on abortion to guide their investigations and prosecution of such cases</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Initiate the process of repealing sections 158 – 160 of the Penal Code to ensure legal clarity and seal the legal loopholes that fuel intimidation, harassment and extortion of women, girls and reproductive health providers</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Reinstate Standards &amp; Guidelines on reducing maternal mortality and morbidity from unsafe abortion and National Training Curriculum for management of unintended, risky and unplanned pregnancies.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><strong>ABOUT KENYA ABORTION REPORT: </strong></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span> <a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/A-Decade-of-Existence-Kenya_0.pdf">The publication</a> is based on an in-depth analysis of 29 abortion related charges and offences in six High Court stations in Kiambu, Machakos, Nairobi and Nakuru Counties. It documents interviews with sexual reproductive health medical experts, service providers, women and girls who have interacted with law enforcement officers and courts. </span></span><span><span>It aims at calling on State actors to operationalize bill of rights and facilitate access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>###</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>MEDIA CONTACT</strong>: Kennedy Arthur Wekesa, <a href="mailto:KWekesa@reprorights.org">KWekesa@reprorights.org</a></span></span></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="/kenya-constitution-abortion-report" hreflang="en">On the 10th Anniversary of Kenya’s Constitution, Center Report Urges Government to Enforce Abortion Rights Protections</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/africa" hreflang="en">Africa</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, 25 Aug 2020 13:51:35 +0000 nfranco@reprorights.org 59318 at https://reproductiverights.org “In Ecuador there was never justice for raped girls” https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/ecuador-there-was-never-justice-raped-girls <span>“In Ecuador there was never justice for raped girls”</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Fri, 08/21/2020 - 12:58</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/center-news" hreflang="en">Center in the News</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><em>PledgeTimes </em><a href="https://pledgetimes.com/the-mother-of-a-girl-who-committed-suicide-after-being-abused-at-school-in-ecuador-there-was-never-justice-for-raped-girls/">quotes Catalina Martínez</a>, the Center's regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, in its reporting on the Center's important <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/landmark-ruling-protect-schoolgirls-sexual-violence-latin-america-caribbean">victory</a> at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on protecting school girls from sexual violence and harassment.</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/inter-american-human-rights-system" hreflang="en">Inter-American Human Rights System</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, 21 Aug 2020 16:58:07 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59304 at https://reproductiverights.org New Issue Brief Addresses Infertility and IVF Access for Military Servicemembers and Veterans https://reproductiverights.org/story/new-issue-brief-addresses-infertility-ivf-access-military-servicemembers-veterans <span>New Issue Brief Addresses Infertility and IVF Access for Military Servicemembers and Veterans</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Wed, 08/19/2020 - 09:11</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 the third issue brief in its “Serving Those Who Serve?” series, addressing the unique barriers to reproductive health care faced by servicemembers, veterans and their families. The new issue brief, titled <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/document/serving-those-who-serve-access-ivf-servicemembers-and-veterans"><strong>“Access to IVF for Servicemembers and Veterans,”</strong></a> was developed with the Service Women’s Action Network to examine infertility incidence and access to infertility care, including in vitro fertilization (IVF).</p> <p>“Access to infertility care is part of the full spectrum of reproductive health care and bears on an individual’s fundamental human rights to autonomy, health, and equality and non-discrimination,” said Karla Torres, Senior Human Rights Counsel at the Center. “Ensuring equitable access to infertility care is key to protecting and promoting everyone’s right to make informed decisions about their reproductive life.”</p> <p>This issue recently garnered attention in <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/12/magazine/infertility-military-army.html?searchResultPosition=1">The New York Times</a></em> when servicemember Victoria Chamberlin wrote about her struggle to access infertility treatment while she served in the Army and the many barriers to care faced by servicemembers.</p> <p>“Access to IVF for Servicemembers and Veterans” examines recent data on infertility among servicemembers and veterans; discusses barriers to infertility care; and offers policy recommendations for ensuring equitable access to care. It also highlights the stories of servicemembers and veterans who have struggled to receive care under the existing system.</p> <p>Although preliminary research suggests that servicemembers and veterans may experience higher infertility rates than the general U.S. population, their access to infertility care, including IVF—the most common form of assisted reproductive technology—is unfairly restricted. Barriers to care include legal restrictions on insurance coverage, cost barriers, and logistical and systemic barriers.</p> <p>“In the course of their service, many members of the military are exposed to job-related risk factors that put them at a heightened risk of infertility,” said Freya Riedlin, Federal Policy Counsel for the Center. “But under federal law, most servicemembers and veterans are nonetheless ineligible for IVF insurance benefits and services. This discriminatory policy excludes, for example, anyone who cannot conclusively prove that their infertility is service-related, who is unmarried, or who is married to a same-sex partner.”</p> <p><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/document/serving-those-who-serve-access-ivf-servicemembers-and-veterans">"Access to IVF for Servicemembers and Veterans”</a> is the third and final part of the Center’s “Serving Those Who Serve?” issue brief series. The <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/document/serving-those-who-serve-issue-brief-restrictions-abortion-access-servicemembers-veterans">first issue brief </a>addressed access to abortion care. The <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/servicemembers-and-veterans-face-barriers-accessing-contraception">second issue brief</a> addressed access to contraception.</p> <p>The entire series can be found here:</p> <p><strong><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/serving-those-who-serve">Serving Those Who Serve? Barriers to Reproductive Healthcare for Servicemembers and Veterans</a></strong></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/assisted-reproduction" hreflang="en">Assisted Reproduction</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, 19 Aug 2020 13:11:55 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59296 at https://reproductiverights.org Center Advocacy Efforts Will Help Improve Maternal Health in Georgia https://reproductiverights.org/story/center-advocacy-efforts-will-help-improve-maternal-health-georgia <span>Center Advocacy Efforts Will Help Improve Maternal Health in Georgia</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">Law Enacted to Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage Aims to Reduce Maternal Mortality, Racial Disparity</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, 08/12/2020 - 10:06</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>Advocacy efforts by the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partners helped lead to the enactment of a new law in Georgia that will improve maternal health for mothers. The law extends postpartum Medicaid coverage from 60 days to six months after delivery.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Georgia’s maternal mortality rate is more than twice the national average, and the rate for Black women is more than three times the rate for white women. Standard, affordable postpartum care for mothers in every community is needed to improve maternal health and reduce racial disparities.</span></span></span></p> <p>The new law, H.B. 1114, is expected to benefit almost 65,000 Georgia mothers and to particularly benefit Black mothers. Black women in Georgia are about twice as likely as the state’s white women to live in poverty, and more than half of births in Georgia are to low-income women covered by Medicaid. <span>Postpartum care includes help with physical and psychological recovery and well-being, help with infant care and feeding, counseling as needed, and more.</span></p> <p><a> </a></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“I’m thankful to all our local partners—from community groups to lawmakers—who joined us in working diligently over the past year to get this bill enacted,” said Breana Lipscomb, Senior Manager of the Center’s Maternal Health and Rights Initiative<span>. “The state of Georgia has a long way to go, but this is an important step forward in improving maternal health for new mothers in our state.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In advocating for the passage of H.B. 1114, Lipscomb worked to convene stakeholders—<span><span>including policymakers, reproductive justice community members, public health professionals, and medical professionals—to </span></span>testify at hearings and equip lawmakers with critical information.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The maternal mortality issue was one of the most important issues and budget priorities of the 2020 session,” says state Representative Able Mable Thomas, who has been amplifying the need for legislative action on maternal mortality issues for years. “We must continue to fight for Black mothers who die three to four times more than white mothers at childbirth.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Bill’s Passage Was a Team Effort with Community Leaders and Lawmakers</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A postpartum Medicaid extension bill was first introduced in the 2019 session by state Representative Renitta Shannon. "I was first to file a House bill to extend Medicaid to 12 months for those who have just given birth,” says Shannon, “because I knew that Black womxn were unnecessarily dying at rates far higher than their white counterparts partly because of a lack of access to healthcare. I want to personally thank Black and Brown women of the Reproductive Justice community for growing national awareness about the epidemic of Maternal Mortality.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Amber Mack, Research &amp; Policy Analyst for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, described some of the hurdles the bill’s advocates had to navigate. "We faced many challenges this legislative session due to the COVID-19 pandemic and additional calls for significant budget cuts. However, with the passage of H.B. 1114 and its requisite $19.7M in funding, we are one step closer to ensuring that mothers have critical coverage to ensure the prevention of maternal death and morbidity in the postpartum period." </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Added Renee Smith, State Policy Manager, Black Mamas Matter Alliance: “The outcomes of this legislative session showed the resilience of community-based organizations to advocate for those most in need during a pivotal time in public health. The push to center maternal health for <em>all </em>has been long and difficult, but even in the reality of a pandemic and quarantine, we stood together to fight for maternal health funding and postpartum Medicaid extension.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The measure was passed in June by both chambers of Georgia’s General Assembly with unanimous, bipartisan support. Governor Brian Kemp </span></span></span><a href="https://www.11alive.com/article/news/politics/gov-kemp-signs-medicaid-expansion-new-mothers/85-ea73f3d6-fd50-493f-bdab-47041456bae7">signed it into law on July 16</a>.</p> <p><span><span><span><strong>A Step Forward, But the Work Goes On</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Extending postpartum Medicaid coverage is one step in reducing the state’s high maternal mortality rate. “We need 12 months of postpartum coverage for Georgia’s mothers,” says Lipscomb. “We also need increased access to midwifery care, doula services, and lactation support—access that doesn’t marginalize birth workers of color.”</span></span></span></p> <p>The Center continues to work toward improved maternal health as part of its overall focus on reproductive rights as human rights. Its U.S. Maternal Health and Rights Initiative—which promotes the human rights of pregnant, birthing, and postpartum people—seeks government accountability for discrimination and inequalities in maternal health, and it provides advocates, lawmakers, and leaders with human rights-based advocacy tools that they can use to catalyze policy change.</p> <p>As the Center’s first U.S. Maternal Health and Rights Initiative Manager, Lipscomb develops advocacy campaigns to promote Black maternal health, particularly in the South. Her efforts to pass H.B. 1114 <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/center-leader-recognized-work-black-maternal-health">earned the inaugural Kira Johnson Advocate of the Year Award</a> for work on Black maternal health, presented by March for Moms and 4Kira4Moms, organizations that advocate for mothers’ and families’ health and access to care and work to educate the public about maternal mortality.</p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/featured-stories-from-center-reproductive-rights"><strong><em>More news features from the Center for Reproductive Rights</em></strong></a></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/maternal-mortality" hreflang="en">Maternal Mortality</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, 12 Aug 2020 14:06:34 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59290 at https://reproductiverights.org The Women’s Health Protection Act: Federal Legislation to Protect the Right to Access Abortion Care https://reproductiverights.org/story/womens-health-protection-act-federal-legislation-protect-right-access-abortion-care <span>The Women’s Health Protection Act: Federal Legislation to Protect the Right to Access Abortion Care</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:26</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>In many places, accessing abortion care is extremely difficult, and for many people nearly impossible, because of state-level laws that restrict and ban access to abortion. The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) is federal legislation that would protect the right to access abortion care throughout the United States by creating a safeguard against bans and medically unnecessary restrictions.</p> <p><strong>What does the Women’s Health Protection Act do?</strong></p> <p>WHPA establishes a statutory right for health care professionals to provide abortion care and the right for their patients to receive care, free from medically unnecessary restrictions that single out abortion care.</p> <p><strong>Why is WHPA needed now?</strong></p> <p>Politicians have passed more than 450 state laws restricting abortion access over the past decade.</p> <p>These restrictions have eliminated access to abortion care in large swaths of the United States. Nearly 90 percent of U.S. counties are without a single abortion provider and <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/29/health/six-states-with-1-abortion-clinic-map-trnd/index.html">six states</a> are down to their last clinic. Restrictions to abortion care especially harm communities of color, young people, rural communities, and people with low incomes.</p> <p><strong>Does WHPA have support in Congress? </strong></p> <p>Yes, the Women’s Health Protection Act has strong support in Congress, with more than 200 co-sponsors in the House and 42 in the Senate. (See the full lists of WHPA’s <a href="https://live-actforwomen.pantheonsite.io/the-womens-health-protection-act/senate-co-sponsors/">Senate supporters</a> here and <a href="https://live-actforwomen.pantheonsite.io/the-womens-health-protection-act/house-co-sponsors/">House supporters</a> here.) The bill was <a href="https://actforwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/WHPA-FINAL-HOUSE.pdf">introduced in the House</a> by Congresswomen Judy Chu (D-CA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), and Marcia Fudge (D-OH), and <a href="https://actforwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/WHPA-FINAL-SENATE.pdf">in the Senate</a> by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).</p> <p>The Center for Reproductive Rights has actively supported WHPA since it was introduced in May 2019. In February 2020, Center president and CEO Nancy Northup <a href="https://www.reproductiverights.org/story/center-ceo-urges-congress-pass-legislation-protect-abortion-access">testified before Congress</a> in support of the bill, stating: “Recently, people across the nation have been calling on Congress to stand up for women and codify <em>Roe</em>. The Women’s Health Protection Act is the answer to that call. The moment is now to draw the line on the decades of assaults on women’s rights.”</p> <p><strong>Take action to help pass WHPA.</strong></p> <p>The Center for Reproductive Rights is proud to spearhead Act for Women, a <a href="https://actforwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/WHPA-One-pager-May-2020.pdf">national campaign</a> to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. Visit the <a href="https://actforwomen.org/">Act for Women website</a> to learn more and find out how you can join in the effort to make WHPA the law of the land.</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" /> Thu, 06 Aug 2020 15:26:07 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59282 at https://reproductiverights.org Center and Coalition Lead Digital Campaign Urging Congress to Protect Abortion Access https://reproductiverights.org/story/center-and-coalition-spearhead-digital-campaign-urge-congress-protect-abortion-access <span>Center and Coalition Lead Digital Campaign Urging Congress to Protect Abortion Access</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">Broad Coalition Urges Passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/518" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">virginia</span></span> <span>Mon, 08/03/2020 - 10:52</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 today joined a broad coalition of more than 100 organizations in a digital campaign urging Congress to pass the <a href="https://actforwomen.org/the-womens-health-protection-act/">Women’s Health Protection Act,</a> federal legislation that would protect abortion access nationwide. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In a digital showing of solidarity, the coalition of organizations in the Act for Women campaign used their social media platforms to call on Congress to bring the Women’s Health Protection Act to a vote.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Spearheaded by the Center, the <a href="https://actforwomen.org/about-the-campaign/">Act for Women</a> campaign is a coalition of organizations committed to reproductive health, rights, and justice, including faith groups, health providers, and reproductive justice organizations.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Women’s Health Protection Act would establish a statutory right for health care providers to provide, and their patients to receive, abortion care free from medically unnecessary restrictions, limitations, and bans that delay, and at times, completely obstruct access to abortion.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In February, Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center<a>, </a><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/center-ceo-urges-congress-pass-legislation-protect-abortion-access">testified in support of the Women’s Health Protection Act</a><span><span> </span></span>in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. In her testimony, Northup described the growing crisis in abortion access caused by hundreds of state-level laws restricting abortion care and urged Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. Northup said:</span></span></span></p> <blockquote> <p><span><span><span><em>The Women’s Health Protection Act would ensure that the right to abortion first recognized nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade is a day-to-day reality for people in the United States, no matter what state they happen to live in.</em></span></span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><span><span><span>The Women’s Health Protection Act was introduced in the House by Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) on May 23, 2019. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced an identical bill in the Senate. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>For more details about the Women’s Health Protection Act, visit <a href="http://www.actforwomen.org">ActForWomen.org.</a></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/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, 03 Aug 2020 14:52:57 +0000 virginia 59280 at https://reproductiverights.org Center Responds to Report from U.S. State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights https://reproductiverights.org/document/center-responds-report-from-us-state-departments-commission-unalienable-rights <span>Center Responds to Report from U.S. State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights</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/books-reports" hreflang="en">Books &amp; Reports</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, 07/30/2020 - 15:16</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><span>The Center for Reproductive Rights has issued its official response to the Trump administration’s latest attempt to remove reproductive rights from the global human rights framework.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A draft </span></span></span><a href="https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Draft-Report-of-the-Commission-on-Unalienable-Rights.pdf"><span><span><span><span>report</span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span> released July 16 from the State Department’s controversial </span></span></span><a href="https://www.state.gov/commission-on-unalienable-rights"><span><span><span><span>Commission on Unalienable Rights</span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span> rejects the consensus of international human rights experts that reproductive rights are human rights and elevates certain human rights over others—despite the fact that a core tenet of the human rights framework rejects any such hierarchy of rights.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Crucially, the Commission asserts: “Foremost among the unalienable rights that government is established to secure, from the founders’ point of view, are property rights and religious liberty.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The report deceptively calls abortion a “contestable political preference” and speaks of “conflicting interpretations of human rights claims.” It puts abortion and same-sex marriage in the category of “divisive social and political controversies” rather than rights that have been well-established internationally and affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. And it ominously warns against any so-called “prodigious expansion” of human rights.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Such a pick-and-choose approach to human rights flies in the face of decades of progress in the codification of human rights throughout the world. Nonetheless, the administration has made it clear that it intends for this document to guide U.S. foreign policy for the foreseeable future.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The response from the Center for Reproductive Rights expresses “deep concern that the Commission is being used by the administration as subterfuge for rolling back rights protections in the U.S. and globally for women, LGBTQI people, and other marginalized and vulnerable communities, and to further the administration’s ongoing effort to erase sexual and reproductive health and rights from the global human rights discourse.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As Risa Kaufman, Director, U.S. Human Rights at the Center, points out, “The report ignores international consensus that reproductive rights are human rights through a brazen and dangerous discrediting of binding human rights treaties and their mandate to codify human rights under widely recognized rules of international law.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>For example, the protections enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights—a treaty ratified by the U.S.—are understood to include, as part of the “right to life,” the right to survive pregnancy and access comprehensive reproductive health care. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kaufman explains the real purpose of the Commission: “From its inception, advocates have been </span></span></span><a href="https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/sites/default/files/Unalienable-Rights-Commission-NGO-Ltr.pdf"><span><span><span><span>deeply concerned</span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span> that the Commission, whose chair and members have </span></span></span><a href="https://www.justsecurity.org/64859/trumps-unalienable-rights-commission-likely-to-promote-anti-rights-agenda/"><span><span><span><span>well-known and extreme positions</span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span> opposing reproductive rights and LGBTQI rights, is subterfuge for </span></span></span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-05/Letter%20to%20CoUR%20CRR%20HRW%20IWHC%20May%202020.pdf"><span><span><span><span>rolling back rights protections</span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span> in the U.S. and globally for women, LGBTQI people, and other marginalized and vulnerable communities. A </span></span></span><a href="https://democracyforward.org/press/human-rights-orgs-sue-sec-pompeo/"><span><span><span><span>federal lawsuit</span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span> challenges the legitimacy of the Commission itself as being established and operated in violation of federal law.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The lawsuit </span></span></span><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/06/politics/human-rights-organizations-lawsuit-unalienable-rights-commission/index.html"><span><span><span>filed by a coalition of rights groups</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> asserts that the Commission violates the law because its membership is not “</span></span></span><span><span><span><span>fairly balanced in terms of the points of view represented,” unnecessarily duplicates an existing government bureau, and lacks required transparency. The Center has filed </span></span></span></span><a href="https://democracyforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/URC_51_Amicus-Brief-human-rights-orgs-06.09.20.pdf"><span><span><span>an amicus brief</span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span> supporting the lawsuit. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Commission’s report furthers the Trump administration’s ongoing campaign of retrogression in human rights. The administration has adopted a significantly expanded Global Gag Rule, which prohibits foreign NGOs that receive any U.S. funding from providing information, referrals, or services for legal abortion or to advocate for access to abortion care. It <span>withdrew from the World Health Organization</span> and <span>cut funding</span> to the U.N. agency that works to advance family planning. It led a </span></span></span><a href="https://www.hhs.gov/about/leadership/secretary/speeches/2019-speeches/remarks-on-universal-health-coverage.html"><span><span><span><span>joint U.N. statement</span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span> opposing U.N. policies promoting reproductive health and rights.</span></span></span> <span><span><span>And it has gutted reporting on reproductive rights from the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>At home, the administration has repeatedly undermined affordable access to the full range of reproductive health care—from quality prenatal and pregnancy care to abortion care—disregarding extraordinary harm to people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQI people, immigrants, and people who are low-income or living in poverty. It has implemented new Title X regulations prohibiting federal funds for health care providers offering information about abortion; expanded provisions for employers to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate; implemented cruel immigrant detention policies that pose acute dangers, including for pregnant people; and rolled backed critical nondiscrimination protections in the Affordable Care Act, to name just a few of its assaults on human rights</span></span></span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As the Center’s response states: “Reproductive freedom lies at the heart of the promise of human dignity, self-determination, and equality embodied in both the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>Public comments on the Commission’s draft report are being </span></span></span></em><a href="https://www.state.gov/draft-report-of-the-commission-on-unalienable-rights-public-comment/"><em><span><span><span>accepted until July 30</span></span></span></em></a><em><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></em></span></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/Center%20for%20Reproductive%20Rights%20-%20Submission%20on%20CUR%20Draft%20Report.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=262503" title="Center for Reproductive Rights - Submission on CUR Draft Report.pdf">Download to read the full text of the Center’s response</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-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, 30 Jul 2020 19:16:14 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59279 at https://reproductiverights.org