Censorship https://reproductiverights.org/taxonomy/term/196/all en Center for Reproductive Rights Sues to Protect Free Speech of Oklahoma Physicians  https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/center-reproductive-rights-sues-protect-free-speech-oklahoma-physicians <span>Center for Reproductive Rights Sues to Protect Free Speech of Oklahoma Physicians </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/25/2019 - 11:08</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">Oklahoma law forces physicians to lie to patients about abortion, violating medical ethics and free speech</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>(PRESS RELEASE)—Today, the <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/">Center for Reproductive Rights</a> filed a lawsuit in Oklahoma state court on behalf of abortion providers in the state. The lawsuit challenges an Oklahoma law forcing doctors to tell patients that medication abortion (abortion by pills) can be "reversed"—a false claim unsupported by scientific evidence. This false information must be relayed to the patient 72 hours before their medication abortion appointment, or physicians can be charged with a felony.</p> <p>The Center is asking the court to block the law (S.B. 614) before it takes effect on November 1, 2019. Earlier this month, a federal court blocked a <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/court-blocks-north-dakota-law-forcing-physicians-lie-about-abortion">similar law</a> from taking effect in North Dakota.</p> <p>"Forcing doctors to lie to their patients violates their free speech and the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship," said <strong>Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.</strong> "There is no medical evidence to support so-called 'abortion reversal,' and it's reckless to suggest otherwise. We cannot have patients making healthcare decisions based on false information."</p> <p>In addition to conveying this false information orally, abortion providers must also inform patients of a website and 24-hour hotline for Heartbeat International's "Abortion Pill Reversal Network". Providers must also post signage in their health centers with the network's contact information, and directly give it to patients again following their appointment. Physicians who violates the law are guilty of a felony, and clinics will face a $10,000 fine per day for failure to display the required signs.</p> <p>The lawsuit argues that this law violates the Oklahoma constitution's free speech protections by forcing physicians to convey false information and non-medical statements with which they disagree. Just last term, the U.S. Supreme Court held in National Institute of Family &amp; Life Advocates v. Becerra that the government cannot regulate the speech of medical professionals to advance controversial ideas or to discriminate based on the content and/or viewpoint of the speaker.</p> <p>Eight states have now passed laws requiring abortion providers to tell patients about so-called abortion "reversal," with five of those laws passed in 2019. The eight states with these laws on the books include: Arkansas; Idaho; Kentucky; North Dakota; South Dakota; Oklahoma; Nebraska; and Utah. These laws are opposed by medical experts, including the AMA and the American College for Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). ACOG has <a href="https://www.acog.org/-/media/Departments/Government-Relations-and-Outreach/FactsAreImportantMedicationAbortionReversal.pdf" target="_blank">referred</a> to these bills as "based on unproven, unethical research" and "dangerous to women's health."</p> <p>Only four health centers provide abortion services in the entire state of Oklahoma. In addition to the law challenged in this suit, Oklahoma has passed many other abortion restrictions, including: a parental consent requirement for minors; a ban on the use of telemedicine to prescribe pills for medication abortion; and restrictions on when private, public and state health insurance plans can cover abortion care. These laws disproportionately affect populations that already experience barriers to health care, including people of color, immigrants and people with low incomes. The Center is currently <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/oklahoma-court-goes-rogue-upholds-abortion-ban">challenging two other Oklahoma laws</a>--a law banning the standard abortion procedure after about 14 weeks of pregnancy, and another law that forces patients to wait 72 hours to access abortion.</p> <p>You can read the full complaint for this case [<a href="https://reproductiverights.org/document/complaint-tulsa-womens">HERE</a>].</p> <p>This case was filed by Steven Reiss, John Mastando III, Eileen Citron, Denisse Velarde-Cubek, Audra Sawyer, and Ariane Moss from Weil, Gotshal &amp; Manges, LLP; Gail Deady and Kirby Tyrell from the Center for Reproductive Rights; and J. Blake Patton from Walding &amp; Patton on behalf of Tulsa Women's Reproductive Clinic, LLC and Dr. Alan Braid.</p> <p> </p> <p>MEDIA CONTACT:</p> <p>Kelly Krause, <a href="mailto:kkrause@reprorights.org">kkrause@reprorights.org</a>, 917-637-3649</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 class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/other-barriers" hreflang="en">Other Barriers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/censorship" hreflang="en">Censorship</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/biased-information" hreflang="en">Biased Information</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/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 25 Sep 2019 15:08:39 +0000 ehorwitz 58750 at https://reproductiverights.org Court Blocks North Dakota Law Forcing Physicians to Lie About Abortion https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/court-blocks-north-dakota-law-forcing-physicians-lie-about-abortion <span>Court Blocks North Dakota Law Forcing Physicians to Lie About Abortion</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/10/2019 - 10:43</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">In case filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights and the AMA, a federal court has blocked a law that would force doctors to tell patients that some abortions are reversible</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>(PRESS RELEASE) Today, a federal district court in North Dakota granted the Center for Reproductive Rights’ request for a preliminary injunction, blocking a state law passed earlier this year and scheduled to take effect last month. The law requires physicians to tell patients that a medication abortion (abortion by pills) may be “reversed”—a patently false and unproven claim. The <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/lawsuit-filed-to-protect-patient-physician-relationship">lawsuit</a> was filed in June by the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of the American Medical Association (AMA) and Red River Women’s Clinic, the only abortion clinic in North Dakota.</p> <p>In the <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2019-09/2019-09-10%20Order%20granting%20PI.pdf">decision</a>, Chief Judge Daniel Hovland wrote, “State legislatures should not be mandating unproven medical treatments, or requiring physicians to provide patients with misleading and inaccurate information. The provisions of [this law] violate a physician’s right not to speak and go far beyond any informed consent laws addressed by the United States Supreme Court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, or other courts to date.”</p> <p>“Across the country, doctors are being used as political pawns in the attack on abortion,” said Marc Hearron, Senior Counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “We all have the right to free speech and to speak the truth. That doesn’t change because you’re a doctor who provides abortion care. Today, the court stepped in to protect the First Amendment rights of these physicians."</p> <p>“It’s simple: patients need to be able to trust their providers,” said Tammi Kromenaker, Director of Red River Women’s Clinic. “Forcing us to give our patients false medical information would violate our medical ethics and endanger the trust our patients place in us.”</p> <p>Eight states—Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Utah—have passed similar laws requiring abortion providers to tell patients about so-called medication abortion “reversal.” Five of those eight laws were passed in 2019.</p> <p>This lawsuit is also challenging an existing North Dakota law, which requires physicians to tell patients that abortion terminates “the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being”—a controversial, ideological, and non-medical message. The court has yet to rule on this aspect of the case.</p> <p>Women in North Dakota face significant barriers to abortion care. Anti-abortion politicians in North Dakota have enacted a 24-hour waiting period for patients seeking abortion, limited the conditions under which state, public and private insurance can cover abortion services, banned the use of telemedicine for abortion, and required parental notification for minors seeking abortion services.</p> <p>Plaintiffs in this case are represented by lawyers from the AMA, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Weil, Gotshal &amp; Manges LLP, and the Dickson Law Office in Bismarck, ND.</p> <p><strong>MEDIA CONTACT:</strong> Kelly Krause, <a href="mailto:kkrause@reprorights.org">kkrause@reprorights.org</a>; 917-637-3649</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Cases</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/case/american-medical-association-v-stenehjem" hreflang="en">American Medical Association v. Stenehjem</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/preliminary-injunction-granted-AMA-v-stenehjem" hreflang="en">Preliminary Injunction Granted - AMA v. Stenehjem</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/a-win-for-free-speech" hreflang="en">A Win for Free Speech</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/lawsuit-filed-to-protect-patient-physician-relationship" hreflang="en">AMA files lawsuit to protect patient-physician relationship in North Dakota in partnership with the Center for Reproductive Rights</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 class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/biased-information" hreflang="en">Biased Information</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/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Tue, 10 Sep 2019 14:43:12 +0000 ehorwitz 58736 at https://reproductiverights.org Preliminary Injunction Granted - AMA v. Stenehjem https://reproductiverights.org/document/preliminary-injunction-granted-AMA-v-stenehjem <span>Preliminary Injunction Granted - AMA v. Stenehjem</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/10/2019 - 10:34</span> <div class="field field--name-field-cases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Cases</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/case/american-medical-association-v-stenehjem" hreflang="en">American Medical Association v. Stenehjem</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <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/2019-09/2019-09-10%20Order%20granting%20PI.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=161724" title="2019-09-10 Order granting PI.pdf">Order Granting Preliminary Injunction </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/biased-information" hreflang="en">Biased Information</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/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Tue, 10 Sep 2019 14:34:02 +0000 ehorwitz 58735 at https://reproductiverights.org Speak Out Now Against Health Care Discrimination https://reproductiverights.org/story/speak-out-now-against-health-care-discrimination <span>Speak Out Now Against Health Care Discrimination</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/80" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dowen</span></span> <span>Fri, 06/14/2019 - 14:41</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>Today, the Trump administration continued chipping away at civil rights protections by proposing a rule that endorses discrimination in health care settings—putting patients’ lives and health at risk. This rule, published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), rolls back the Affordable Care Act’s Health Care Rights Law, the first broad prohibition of sex discrimination in health care in federal law, established in 2010. Stripping these regulations could deny people across the country access to quality, affordable health care. Women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people whose primary language is not English—the communities the Health Care Rights Law seeks to protect—would be harmed the most.</p> <p>Currently, thanks to the protections of the rules interpreting the Health Care Rights Law, health insurers, hospitals, clinics, or nurses that receive federal funds cannot:</p> <ul><li>Refuse to treat someone who is transgender, gender nonconforming, gay, lesbian, or bisexual</li> <li>Refuse to treat a woman because she is pregnant, has had an abortion, or is unmarried</li> <li>Refuse care to a newborn because of the parents’ sexual orientation</li> <li>Sexually assault or harass patients</li> </ul><p>Should this rule—which essentially redefines “discrimination on the basis of sex” in the narrowest possible manner— take effect, insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, and nurses could feel empowered to deny patients care because of who they are, what language they speak, or their sex or gender identity. Additionally, the rule will cause confusion and legal uncertainty across the health care industry and discourage patients from seeking care.</p> <p>Access to health care is a fundamental civil right: providers and insurers shouldn’t be able to pick and choose whom to treat, and the administration shouldn’t be allowed to prioritize the beliefs of providers over the health and welfare of patients.</p> <p><strong>You can help stop this rule from going into effect:</strong> <a href="https://p2a.co/aebcaDa">submit an official comment to HHS and tell the administration: </a>all people deserve to be treated equally, with respect, and without discrimination no matter who they are, whom they love, or where they come from.</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/legal-protections" hreflang="en">Legal Protections</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/legal-restrictions-0" hreflang="en">Legal Restrictions</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/medical-education" hreflang="en">Medical Education</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 class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/washington-dc" hreflang="en">In Washington D.C.</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/states-usa" hreflang="en">In the States (USA)</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:41:22 +0000 dowen 58586 at https://reproductiverights.org Lambda Legal, Center for Reproductive Rights and Americans United Sue Trump Administration to Block Denial of Care Rule https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/lambda-legal-center-for-reproductive-rights-and-americans-united-sue-trump-administration <span>Lambda Legal, Center for Reproductive Rights and Americans United Sue Trump Administration to Block Denial of Care Rule</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/51" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmccabe</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/28/2019 - 14:01</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>(PRESS RELEASE) – Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Lambda Legal, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a lawsuit challenging the “Denial of Care” Rule issued earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In the <a href="/sites/default/files/2019-05/19CV-2916-Complaint.pdf">lawsuit </a>(County of Santa Clara vs. HHS), filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in coordination with Santa Clara County, the organizations are representing Trust Women Seattle, Hartford GYN, Whitman-Walker Health, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Center on Halsted, Mazzoni Center, GLMA, Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, Medical Students for Choice and various physicians. Mayer Brown, LLP is serving as pro bono counsel.<br /><br /> The new regulation invites health care workers – doctors, nurses, EMTs, administrators and clerical staff – to deny medical treatment and services to patients because of personal religious or moral beliefs. Health care facilities that do not comply risk losing federal funding. The regulation will cause mass confusion among health care providers and is completely infeasible to implement. As a result, health care facilities may do away with reproductive and LGBTQ services altogether, leaving millions without access to critical health care.<br /><br /> The lawsuit argues that the rule is unconstitutional because it advances specific religious beliefs in violation of the First Amendment; violates patients’ rights to privacy, liberty and equal dignity as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment; and chills patients’ speech and expression in violation of the First Amendment, all to the detriment of patients’ health and well-being. The lawsuit also asserts that HHS violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act in creating the rule by arbitrarily and capriciously failing to consider the impact on patients.<br /><br /> “The breadth of the harm this new rule will cause is impossible to exaggerate, and opens up yet another front in the Trump Administration’s assault on civil rights of minorities and already marginalized, vulnerable populations,” <strong>Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Jamie Gliksberg</strong> said. “This almost limitless invitation to discriminate will inevitably result in women, LGBT people and religious minorities facing hostile health care workers and denials of medical care at moments of greatest need, where any delay could be fatal.”<br /><br /> “Discrimination in the delivery of health care can be a matter of life or death. This new policy could threaten anyone seeking medical care in this country, but will fall particularly hard on women and LGBTQ patients,” said <strong>Nancy Northup, president &amp; CEO of The Center for Reproductive Rights</strong>. “The Trump Administration is skirting Congressional approval to push through this extreme and dangerous policy. It’s a glaring violation of patients’ right to equal treatment.”<br /><br /> “The Trump administration will stop at nothing to sanction discrimination in the name of religion in every facet of our lives,” said <strong>Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United</strong>. “We will not tolerate this dangerous policy that puts the health of women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities and so many others in jeopardy. Our government should be protecting America’s patients, not putting their lives at risk and calling it religious freedom. The Constitution does not condone this type of grave harm to others.”<br /><br /> “This rule encourages discrimination against vulnerable patients already facing barriers to care,” said <strong>James R. Williams, Santa Clara County Counsel</strong>. “It places an enormous burden on public health care networks like the County’s, which already have robust protections in place to accommodate employees’ religious objections without compromising care to the communities we serve.”<br /><br /> The rule applies to all health care facilities that receive federal funding through HHS, which includes most hospitals. Threatened with the loss of all federal funding and facing confusing and unworkable requirements, many health care facilities will face strong incentives to do away with critical health care services for women and the LGBTQ community.<br /><br /> The rule could also lead to many LGBTQ patients not fully disclosing their identity and medical history for fear of discrimination, resulting in improper or incomplete care. While marginalized communities are the intended target, the rule is so broad that the religious objections of a health care worker could result in anyone – the elderly, children, and those in critical condition – being denied lifesaving medical care.</p> <p><strong>From The Plaintiffs:</strong></p> <p>“Hartford GYN Center has been an established community resource for families in New England for over 40 years,” said <strong>Elizabeth Barnes, President of The Women’s Centers</strong>. “We pride ourselves on providing reproductive health care – including first and second trimester abortion – that is patient-centered. Our staff are experts in the field and we are routinely referred to by area specialists, hospitals and universities. If we were to deny care or medical referrals, we would no longer serve the needs of the community who have come to depend on Hartford GYN Center thanks to our reputation based in non-judgmental and science-based care. The HHS Denial of Care rule would deliberately drive reputable health care providers away from Connecticut and would not serve patients’ best interests.”</p> <p>“We at Whitman-Walker Health stand for dignity, affirmation and respect in healthcare,” said <strong>Naseema Safi, CEO, Whitman-Walker Health</strong>. “We stand for providing the right level of care for our patients, as directed by the needs that they report to us. We stand for the evidence-based and ethically driven guidelines that are the foundation of our work. The language within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ‘Denial-of-Care’ rule has left us with only one clear option, and that was to advocate for access to health care. This is not a new position for Whitman-Walker. This is, in fact, the kind of discrimination that led to our founding.”</p> <p>“This so-called ‘conscience rights’ rule is nothing but a thinly veiled attempt to codify discrimination against LGBT people, among others. It eliminates critical health care protections and puts millions of lives at risk. Moreover, it is a clear violation of civil rights laws, medical ethics, and basic human values,” said <strong>Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean</strong>. “Time and again we have stood in opposition as this Administration has levied blow after blow against the LGBT community. Now, we are taking the fight to them.”</p> <p>“Patients at Trust Women Seattle have conveyed that they have been disrespected and demeaned by other health care providers for making independent decisions about their health care, including past and present reproductive health care choices,” said <strong>Julie Burkhart, CEO of Trust Women</strong>, which operates abortion clinics in underserved areas. “Our core mission is to treat all patients with dignity and compassion and, above all, respect the autonomous choices of our patients. This mission is our central focus because we understand that many of our patients, and many patients around the country, have been marginalized in seeking needed medical services.”</p> <p>"Like all Americans, LGBT people deserve high-quality health care. Unfortunately, the LGBT community experiences challenges when it comes to accessing high-quality health care, leading to significant health disparities and worsened health outcomes,” said <strong>Adrian Shanker, Executive Director, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center</strong> in Allentown, PA. “These health challenges will be exacerbated due to the HHS Denial-of-Care Rule. This is especially true in small, under-served cities and rural communities like the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania where we are located. That's why Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is suing the Trump administration. We cannot stand by and allow such an ill-considered rule to go into effect while the health of our community suffers."</p> <p>"The Denial of Care rule strikes at the very core of GLMA’s mission by encouraging discrimination in healthcare against LGBTQ people, people living with HIV and women, all of whom already face frequent and pervasive discrimination when seeking healthcare,” said <strong>Hector Vargas, Executive Director, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality.</strong> “The Denial of Care rule also stands in direct conflict with the Joint Commission and the major medical and health professional associations representing physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers and other healthcare providers that have adopted standards to ensure all patients, including LGBTQ patients, are treated with respect and without bias and discrimination. The rule endangers the lives of LGBTQ people by putting their health at risk and must be invalidated immediately.”</p> <p>“Center on Halsted is committed to the right to bodily autonomy, whether for a transgender individual seeking healthcare or a person seeking reproductive healthcare,” said <strong>Center on Halsted CEO Modesto Valle</strong>. “We have fought long and hard for the rights of LGBTQ people to live free from harm, particularly when the systems that should be providing safety nets fail us. This is one of those times. This Denial-of-Care Rule is the latest in attacks on the LGBTQ community by the current administration. Center on Halsted will do everything we can to ensure the health and well-being of our community. Our community deserves better from our government institutions.”</p> <p>“Medical Students for Choice is challenging the Denial of Care Rule because this rule will negatively impact our members’ ability to receive the education they will need to adequately care for their patients, greatly harming the quality of care everyone will receive from all future doctors nationwide,” said <strong>Lois Backus, executive director of Medical Students for Choice</strong>.</p> <p>###</p> <p><strong>PRESS CONTACTS:</strong></p> <p>Center for Reproductive Rights: Kelly Krause, 917-637-3649, <a href="mailto:kkrause@reprorights.org">kkrause@reprorights.org</a><br /> Americans United: Tali Israeli, 202-466-3234, <a href="mailto:israeli@au.org">israeli@au.org</a><br /> ; Lambda Legal: Tom Warnke, 213-841-4503, <a href="mailto:twarnke@lambdalegal.org">twarnke@lambdalegal.org</a><br /><br /><br /><strong>About the Center for Reproductive Rights</strong><br /> Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights is a global legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive health and autonomy. The Center’s groundbreaking court cases have expanded access to safe abortion, birth control and maternal healthcare in the U.S. and across the globe.<br /><br /><strong>About Lambda Legal</strong><br /> Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.<br /><br /><strong>About Americans United for Separation of Church and State</strong><br /> Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Cases</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/case/country-santa-clara-vs-hhs" hreflang="en">County of Santa Clara v. HHS</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/county-of-santa-clara-vs-hhs-complaint" hreflang="en">County of Santa Clara vs. HHS: Complaint</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 class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/other-barriers" hreflang="en">Other Barriers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/young-peoples-rights" hreflang="en">Young People&#039;s Rights</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/sex-education" hreflang="en">Sex Education</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/censorship" hreflang="en">Censorship</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/medical-education" hreflang="en">Medical Education</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/other-barriers-0" hreflang="en">Other Barriers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/access-quality-care" hreflang="en">Access to Quality Care</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/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Tue, 28 May 2019 18:01:19 +0000 jmccabe 58534 at https://reproductiverights.org HHS Rule Will Encourage Discrimination Against Medical Patients https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/hhs-rule-will-encourage-discrimination-against-medical-patients <span>HHS Rule Will Encourage Discrimination Against Medical Patients</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jeanne</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/02/2019 - 18:13</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">HHS’ Denial of Care Rule issued today empowers healthcare workers to withhold medical care from patients based on personal beliefs</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>(PRESS RELEASE) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized a <a href="https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/final-conscience-rule.pdf">Denial of Care Rule</a> that will empower healthcare workers to turn a patient away for any moral or religious reasons. There are no limits on what constitutes a religious or moral denial, and it does not need to be a doctor who objects—it could be a hospital receptionist or an orderly booking an operating room.  </p> <p>The Rule does not contain any provisions to ensure that patients who are rejected are referred elsewhere or offered other care options. The Rule will create confusion and invite employees to turn away patients without telling them that they’ve been denied complete care or why.  The Rule completely fails to address how it can be practically implemented, including in emergency situations. All facilities receiving funds through HHS must comply, including hospitals, urgent-care facilities, abortion clinics, and LGBTQ health centers.  Under the Denial of Care Rule, facilities will be incentivized to cease offering contraception, abortion and LGBTQ-focused care for fear of losing funding. The Rule also threatens the ability of clinics and other smaller providers to stay open.   </p> <p><strong>Statement from Susan Inman, Chief Counsel for Federal Policy and Advocacy at the Center for Reproductive Rights:</strong> </p> <p>“With this confusing and unworkable rule, the Trump Administration is recklessly and callously restricting access to health care. The Administration has repurposed the Office for Civil Rights – an office that has historically protected a patient’s right to receive care – into an instrument for driving abortion, contraception, and LGBTQ health care out of reach for all individuals. This rule is deliberately designed to intimidate and coerce health care providers into denying care for fear of exposing themselves to unbridled and unwarranted investigations and total loss of federal funding.    </p> <p>For decades, there have been well-oiled systems in place to make sure medical professionals can opt out of procedures that go against their beliefs. These systems respect religious liberty and make sure patients get the care they need. This new policy leaves zero safeguards for the patient.” </p> <p>The Denial of Care Rule was issued by<a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/16/conscience-abortion-transgender-patients-health-care-289542"> HHS’s Office of Civil Rights</a> (OCR), which created a new internal division last year dedicated exclusively to enforcing denial of care laws. The Rule will go into effect 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register. </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/biased-information" hreflang="en">Biased Information</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/reporting-on-rights" hreflang="en">Reporting on Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 02 May 2019 22:13:22 +0000 jeanne 58570 at https://reproductiverights.org Standing up Against Abortion Opposition in Nairobi https://reproductiverights.org/Standing-up-Against-Abortion-Opposition-Nairobi <span>Standing up Against Abortion Opposition in Nairobi</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">The Center for Reproductive Rights and ally organizations take a petition to the government demanding anti-abortion billboards come down</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jeanne</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/02/2019 - 10:49</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"><div style="background-color:#ffe4c6; padding:20px 20px 5px 20px;"> <p style="color:#000000; margin:0; padding:0; font-size:11pt; line-height:1.45em;"><strong>UPDATE:</strong> SUCCESS! The billboards came down in May. The Nairobi County Government responded to our request, removing the inaccurate and inflammatory anti-abortion billboards that had been erected throughout Nairobi. We applaud the government’s commitment to upholding the country’s constitution by ensuring that citizens have access to accurate and reliable information as well as access to necessary health services. We are thankful to our partners who stand strong with us in our fight to expand access to safe and legal abortion services in Kenya.</p> </div> <p> </p> <p>Making a strong stand against heightened organized anti-abortion activities in Nairobi, the Center for Reproductive Rights joined Kenyan women’s rights organizations and activists on April 24 in delivering a petition with over 500 signatures to the Nairobi County government. The petition demanded that Kenyan authorities remove the inflammatory and misleading anti-abortion billboards that have recently been put up around the city. </p> <p>“The billboards fuel stigma and misinformation on abortion, creating an environment that adversely affects reproductive health providers and women seeking these services,” said Evelyne Opondo, our Senior Regional Director for Africa.  </p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">The anti-abortion billboards are sponsored by Sozo Church of God, a Nairobi-based church that opened in 2013. </p> <p>The group has also claimed that abortion in Kenya is illegal—when it is constitutionally protected when the life or health of a woman is at risk. Seven women die from unsafe abortion in Kenya every day and these mistruths only serve to drive abortion further underground, putting the health and lives of Kenyan women and girls on the line. </p> <p>This stigmatizing rhetoric has also created serious policy setbacks: in 2015, the government revoked the S<em>tandards and Guidelines for Reducing Morbidity and Mortality from Unsafe Abortion</em> that inform health care providers on when they are legally permitted to provide the service. In 2017, the government banned Marie Stopes International, a reproductive health care provider, from providing abortion services and information.  </p> <p>The Center has challenged both of these developments in court and decisions are pending. We will continue to partner and stand with our ally organizations in combatting stigma, misinformation, and gender discrimination, securing reproductive health and rights for all Kenyan women. </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/petition-demanding-removal-of-misleading-billboards" hreflang="en">The Center for Reproductive Rights, its regional partners and women’s groups demand that Nairobi County remove billboards with misleading information on the constitutional right to abortion</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 class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/anti-choice-harassment" hreflang="en">Anti-Choice Harassment</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/censorship" hreflang="en">Censorship</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/biased-information" hreflang="en">Biased Information</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 class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/kenya" hreflang="en">Kenya</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 class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 02 May 2019 14:49:41 +0000 jeanne 58269 at https://reproductiverights.org Stop the Trump Administration from Erasing Women https://reproductiverights.org/Trump-Administration-Erases-Women <span>Stop the Trump Administration from Erasing Women</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">New bill demands Department of State stop neglecting vital data on reproductive health care from its annual report on global human rights</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/99" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mthai</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/22/2019 - 17:49</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 Trump administration has made no secret of its commitment to erasing women from the global human rights conversation—going so far as to literally remove important reproductive rights data from the U.S. Department of State’s annual report on human rights. To put a stop to this deletion, Congress introduced a bill on March 7, the Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act, that requires the reinstatement of this information.   </p> <p>The Reports, which are released each spring, are a key resource for policymakers, advocates, immigration judges, refugee and asylum officers, journalists, academics, and human rights bodies. They inform policy and decision-making on a broad range of issues and are used to hold governments accountable for abuses. The sections that were removed included vital reporting on rates of unsafe abortions; denial of family planning information; rates and causes of maternal mortality; and discrimination, coercion, and violence against women in health care settings. </p> <p>Access to reproductive care – which includes family planning information, contraception, pre-and post-natal care, and safe abortion – is an internationally recognized and fundamental human right. By eliminating this information, the Department of State is intentionally hindering the ability of researchers, healthcare workers, and activists to measure the negative impacts of the Trump administration’s regressive international policies—most notably the expanded Global Gag Rule, which prevents U.S.-supported international family planning groups abroad from using their own funds to provide safe and legal abortion services, or even information or referrals for safe abortion.   </p> <p>Allowing international governments to look the other way and potentially weaken their commitment to providing comprehensive reproductive rights will have especially grave consequences for vulnerable communities, including young people, LGBT individuals, people living in poverty and rural communities.    </p> <p>“We are introducing this legislation because it is not up to the Trump administration to pick and choose which rights matter to the health and well-being of billions of women worldwide,” Senator Bob Menendez said in a statement.  “We must be unequivocal: Women’s rights are human rights – and human rights include reproductive rights.” </p> <p>“The Trump administration is literally erasing women and girls from the global debate on public health, while implicitly sanctioning human rights abuses by allowing such violations to go unreported and unchecked,” said Stephanie Schmid, U.S. Foreign Policy Counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights.  “There is no legitimate policy reason for omitting this information, and this Administration’s insistence on hiding vital human rights data is a testament to its extreme contempt for women and girls around the world.” </p> <p>The administration’s efforts to undermine reproductive rights are likely to deepen under Robert A. Destro, President Trump’s nominee for Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor – a role tasked with overseeing the annual Reports. As a long-time opponent of women’s reproductive rights and LGBT rights, Destro would not advance the mission of a role responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world.  </p> <p>Our congressional representatives must act to protect women and girls by supporting the Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act, <a href="https://www.reproductiverights.org/sites/crr.civicactions.net/files/documents/Civil-Society-Letter-Opposing-Robert-Destro-Nomination.pdf">opposing the nomination of Robert Destro</a>, and putting an end to disastrous policies like the Global Gag Rule.  </p> <p> In the Senate, the Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act was introduced by Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined by co-leads Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Richard Blumenthal. Representative Katherine Clark, Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, is leading efforts to pass the Act in the House, joined by co-leads Representatives Eliot Engel, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Nita Lowey, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Barbara Lee, and Lois Frankel. </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/center-for-reproductive-rights-condemns-state-department-for-dropping-reproductive-rights" hreflang="en">Center for Reproductive Rights Condemns State Department for Dropping Reproductive Rights from Human Rights Reports</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/incomplete-human-rights-reporting-at-the-state-department" hreflang="en">Incomplete Human Rights Reporting at the State Department </a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/Trump-Administration-Strip-Mention-Reproductive-Health-Rights-State-Department" hreflang="en">Trump Administration to Strip Mention of Reproductive Health and Rights in State Department Human Rights Report</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 class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/censorship" hreflang="en">Censorship</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/biased-information" hreflang="en">Biased Information</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/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/washington-dc" hreflang="en">In Washington D.C.</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/states-usa" hreflang="en">In the States (USA)</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Fri, 22 Mar 2019 21:49:35 +0000 mthai 58260 at https://reproductiverights.org State Department Fails to Report on Reproductive Rights in Over 200 Countries for the Second Year in a Row https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/state-department-fails-report-reproductive-rights-over-200-countries-second-year-row <span>State Department Fails to Report on Reproductive Rights in Over 200 Countries for the Second Year in a Row</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/94" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">firefly</span></span> <span>Wed, 03/13/2019 - 13:26</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>Washington D.C. (Press Release) The Center for Reproductive Rights strongly condemns the US State Department’s decision to eliminate reporting on women’s reproductive health and rights from its annual <em>Country Reports on Human Rights Practices</em>, released Washington D.C. (Press Release) The Center for Reproductive Rights strongly condemns the US State Department’s decision to eliminate reporting on women’s reproductive health and rights from its annual <em>Country Reports on Human Rights Practices</em>, released today. This is the second year in a row that the State Department has failed to include vital information on reproductive rights in the over 200 countries covered in the reports.  </p> <p><strong>“The U.S. State Department’s decision to continue its destructive practice of omitting reporting on reproductive rights from its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices sends a clear message that the United States does not care about the plight of women and girls and is part of a comprehensive effort to erase sexual and reproductive health and rights from global discourse,” </strong>said <a href="https://www.reprosfightback.com/episodes-blog/2017/12/13/episode-1-d9nla-dkmah-29mz4-232m6-y8yaf-zy6sj-kmnnp-s7led-25fb5-pckw7-c8raa-re59d-r39ar-kfdt9-gcza6-63rjx-hsh2g-w83k9-dh7ep-p8a6c-cj5ry-y79ng-3why5-mjxld-c3nzc-8ylls-a5bmz-93ccw-5pktp-lz2n5-htl9w-3yl5g-e825n-s6y6h">Stephanie L. Schmid</a>, U.S. Foreign Policy Counsel for the Center for Reproductive Rights. <strong> </strong><strong>“This erasure is a blatant and unapologetic rejection of the basic principle that reproductive rights are human rights.”</strong></p> <p>Last June, The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking information about the last-minute deletion of reproductive rights sections from the 2017 Human Rights Reports. The State Department failed to respond to the request, so the Center <a href="https://www.reproductiverights.org/press-room/department-of-state-sued-for-eliminating-reproductive-rights">sued the State Department</a> to obtain the deleted information. In October, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a second FOIA request seeking information about the preparation of the 2018 Human Rights Reports without reproductive rights included again. The State Department also ignored that request, so a second lawsuit was filed against them in December.  The State Department responded by sending heavily redacted documents which failed to provide the requested information. </p> <p>Earlier this month, the Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act (H.R. 1581/S. 707) was introduced in the House and Senate with support from more than 150 Members of Congress.  This legislation would require the State Department to include reproductive rights in all future country reports.  The Center for Reproductive Rights, along with 92 partner organizations, was proud to endorse and support the introduction of this very important bill.   </p> <p>The Center for Reproductive Rights has been instrumental in ensuring that <a href="https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/index.htm">previous reports</a> recognized reproductive rights issues, as well as in providing research on the impact of laws restricting access to reproductive health care around the world. The new reports eliminate passages from previous reports explicitly recognizing that individuals “have the right to decide the number, spacing, and timing of their children; manage their reproductive health and have access to the information and means to do so.”  There also are no mentions of the availability of contraception, rates of maternal mortality, or restrictions on safe and legal abortion. </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/center-for-reproductive-rights-condemns-state-department-for-dropping-reproductive-rights" hreflang="en">Center for Reproductive Rights Condemns State Department for Dropping Reproductive Rights from Human Rights Reports</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 class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/censorship" hreflang="en">Censorship</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 class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/washington-dc" hreflang="en">In Washington D.C.</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/states-usa" hreflang="en">In the States (USA)</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 17:26:35 +0000 firefly 58229 at https://reproductiverights.org Elizabeth Banks Helps Raise $380,000 for the Center for Reproductive Rights https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/elizabeth-banks-helps-raise-380000-center-reproductive-rights <span>Elizabeth Banks Helps Raise $380,000 for the Center for Reproductive Rights </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/94" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">firefly</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:26</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>(PRESS RELEASE) —The Center for Reproductive Rights raised $380,000 yesterday evening at their inaugural Los Angeles benefit, co-hosted by Elizabeth Banks and board member Heidi Lindelof at the London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills. Other speakers included Busy Philipps, Sarah Jones and Ali Rushfield, who spoke about the importance of bodily autonomy and reproductive healthcare for women and girls around the world.</p> <p>More than 400 attendees came out to show their support for The Center, including celebrities like Adam Scott, Amy Brenneman, JJ Abrams, Charlie Day, Bellamy Young, Rhea Perlman, Michael Schur and Damon Lindelof. At the benefit, Banks and Rushfield debuted a sneak peek of their upcoming HULU comedy<span> </span><em>Shrill,</em><span> </span>which is adapted from Lindy West’s memoir of the same name. Reproductive healthcare and the complex realities women face when making these decisions are featured in the show. Busy Philipps also spoke at the event about her own experience with abortion, as chronicled in her book<span> </span><em>This Will Only Hurt a Little</em>.</p> <p>“I’ve been a proud supporter of the Center for Reproductive Rights since 2012, when I participated in their<span> </span><a href="http://www.drawtheline.org/">campaign</a><span> </span>to share real women’s stories about abortion.” Said<span> </span><strong>co-host Elizabeth Banks.</strong><span> </span>“Our stories are what connect us. They’re how we identify with one another and understand each other’s circumstances.”</p> <p>“It’s inspiring to see such an outpouring of support here in Hollywood for our work and the fundamental belief that reproductive rights are human rights,” said<span> </span><strong>Nancy Northup, President &amp; CEO of The Center for Reproductive Rights.</strong><span> </span>“Under President Trump, the courts of this country have been threatened, but they remain a vital part of our democracy. We’re continuing to fight for the rights of women, doctors and clinics in courtrooms and legislatures across the country. Not only to expand our reproductive rights, but to make sure that the hard-won victories of past generations are not lost.”</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 class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/young-peoples-rights" hreflang="en">Young People&#039;s Rights</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/censorship" hreflang="en">Censorship</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/funding-for-reproductive-healthcare" hreflang="en">Funding for Reproductive Healthcare</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 class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/states-usa" hreflang="en">In the States (USA)</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 07 Mar 2019 17:26:02 +0000 firefly 58216 at https://reproductiverights.org