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12.07.12 - That is where the passion and commitment of human rights defenders lies. They safeguard people of certain races or ethnicities, women, sexual minorities—all of whom have faced violations of their rights in one form or another.
The anti-choice movement is aggressive and relentless in its efforts across the globe to strip women of their reproductive rights and, therefore, their human rights. With increasing frequency, extremists are posing a significant challenge to human rights defenders by trying, and in some cases succeeding, to define a fertilized egg as a person, with the same rights as the woman who carries it.
Personhood represents perhaps the most extreme attempt to undercut and eliminate reproductive rights. More and more, human rights defenders have had to train their sights on beating back these overarching attacks before they violate the rights of women and, in many cases, threaten their lives and health.
The attacks are coming from every corner of the globe.
The consequences of personhood could not be clearer: Women die when the rights of a fertilized egg take precedence over their life and health.
The Center hopes its new resources, coupled with the tireless efforts of human rights defenders worldwide, will help thwart future personhood efforts and ensure that laws prioritize women's reproductive rights.