Beginning in 2009, the Center has been using video as a powerful advocacy tool to help create emotional connection with the diverse range of issues we tackle. Video has helped us take complex issues and make them immediately understandable.
Take a look at our video archive and see the fight for reproductive rights through a different lens:
The nation’s highest court is considering Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a case that will determine whether the state of Texas can shut down nearly all abortion care providers in the state, placing countless women at risk of serious harm. A decision is expected by the end of June 2016.
When she was 21, actress Amy Brenneman (The Leftovers, Judging Amy) chose to have an abortion. Here, she talks about how she made that very personal decision, and why every woman’s right to choose if and when to have children must be protected and celebrated.
From Tanzania to Mississippi to Capitol Hill, the Center for Reproductive Rights is at the forefront of the fight to establish reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right.
From El Salvador to Austin, Fargo to the Philippines, advocates, activists, reproductive health care providers, and the women affected by attacks on reproductive freedom tell their stories and their reasons for standing up, speaking out, and taking action.
Every day, governments all over the world violate the fundamental human rights of millions of women. The Center for Reproductive Rights fights on the front lines every day to beat back these assaults — and Meryl Streep, Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, Billy Crudup, Audra McDonald, and many more are standing beside us in this call to action in the global battle for reproductive freedom.
Attacks on reproductive rights have become rampant. But when news of a movement to fight back reaches the one person capable of spreading the word to EVERYBODY, a revolution is born. Join us: drawtheline.org… >,
Meryl Streep has had enough of the attacks on women and their fundamental rights — and she’s drawing the line by signing the Bill of Reproductive Rights. Join her: drawtheline.org… >,
First, it was the health care battle. Then it was the budget battle. Now, anti-choice lawmakers are trying to deny women insurance for abortion and allow hospitals to let women die. Where does this lead? Where will it end? Visit AHugeStepBack.com… for more information >,
The Hyde Amendment has blocked the federal government from funding abortions for 34 years, preventing more than a million poor women from exercising their reproductive rights. The result has been a devastating emotional and financial toll on women and families receiving Medicaid who are unable to exercise their reproductive rights.
Since 1930, there’s been a blanket ban on abortion in the Philippines, and there isn’t a single clear exception. But the law has not actually prevented abortion—it’s only made it unsafe and potentially deadly. According to new research by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the law creates a dire human rights crisis in the Philippines. According to Guttmacher, every year, more than half-a-million women risk their lives to unsafe procedures. Our report tells their stories.
(June 2010) A pregnant girl. An injured spine. A refusal to provide a medically necessary abortion to operate and save her legs. This is the story of LC, a young girl who suffered medical injustice in Peru, and her fight to make sure this never happens to anyone again.
(June 2010) El aborto en Perú es ilegal, a menos que se realice para salvar la vida de la mujer o para prevenir, “un daño grave y permanente en su salud”. Entonces porqué se le negó una cirugía de columna a una niña de 13 años en riesgo de quedar completamente paralítica a causa de estar embarazada producto de una violación?
(May 2010) Young women from the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice in New York City paid a visit to our office, and what they agreed to share with us was nothing less than inspiring. The words of these students were an invigorating reminder that young people do care about choice. And it’s not because social networks or movie stars are telling them to. It’s because of strong mothers who taught (and will continue to teach) them how to make the best decisions about their own lives.
(March 2010) A year ago, the Center for Reproductive Rights won a major victory when a judge ordered the FDA to reconsider its age restrictions and make emergency contraception available over the counter. But so far, the FDA has done nothing. Let’s tell the FDA to stop ignoring their own scientists and act today! //www.reproductiverights.org/FDA
(March 2010) Every year in Kenya, tens of thousands of women are hospitalized with complications from unsafe abortion. These incidents are entirely — and easily — preventable, yet the Kenyan government has done little to address the problem. But there’s a way we can help, and all it takes is starting a conversation. Watch our video and learn how you can change the odds for women in Kenya.
(March 2010) Kenya’s restrictive abortion law harms tens of thousands of women each year. To document the atrocities, the Center for Reproductive Rights produced In Harm’s Way, a report detailing the current state of affairs in Kenya. This video brings the report to life by telling the story of Sarah and revealing the harm done to Kenyan women seeking reproductive care. Learn more about the report >,
(January 2010) The Hyde fight is on! We asked you to help us show how hypocritical the Hyde Amendment is by telling us what you don’t want your tax dollars spent on, and the responses were funny, touching, and powerful. Enjoy the best submissions and let’s all keep fighting for a world in which the anti-choicers don’t get special treatment by the government. (Music by I Am Not Lefthanded via Jamendo.com…) Learn more >,
(January 2010) Submit your own 20 sec video today! The Stupak and Nelson Amendments attempt to decimate abortion coverage in healthcare, and the justification for their existence comes back to one unfair, unjust piece of legislation: The Hyde Amendment. What is it? How does it harm the lives of millions of Americans? What can I do to fight it? Watch our video to learn more.
(December 2009) The Center joined dozens of organizations and countless citizens on Capitol Hill for the National Day of Action in opposition to the Stupak-Pitts amendment. Supporters of fair reproductive healthcare made their voices heard and let our government know that we will stand strong together for choice and reproductive justice. (Music by Wasaru)
(November 2009) It’s no joke. When you need medical care, your insurance should pay for it. Healthcare reform would cover millions, stop insurance company denials for pre-existing conditions, and create a basic package of essential benefits. Yet some in Congress are trying to use the reform to ban insurance coverage for abortion services, coverage that millions of women have today. Healthcare reform can’t leave women behind. Visit www.NoAbortionBan.org… to learn more.
(September 2009) Last summer, the Center filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Arizona arguing that the 48-hour mandatory waiting period, part of a more comprehensive law restricting abortion, should be prohibited from taking effect until a complete trial on the constitutionality of the statute is held. Watch our short video documenting the personal stories of Arizona women shared with CRR attorneys while collecting evidence for our case. Learn more about this dangerous law and why CRR continues to fight and win cases whereever a woman’s right to choose is threatened.
(August 2009) This video documents the real stories of abortion providers, clinic employees and patients. In this video, shot in Pennsylvania, meet the executive director of a clinic in Allentown who refuses to let harassment stop her from doing her critical work and clinic employees in Philadelphia recalling the nightmare of a blockade of protesters on their front door step. This video parallels the findings in the Center for Reproductive Rights “Defending Human Rights” report.