Abortion

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Annual Report 2014

The following annual report documents the momentum and impact of our work in 2014—from defending the very last abortion clinic in Mississippi, to spearheading introduction of a historic bill to protect reproductive freedom across the U.S., to securing the

North Carolina Asks Supreme Court to Review State’s Coercive Ultrasound Law

(PRESS RELEASE) North Carolina has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a state law that would force women to undergo a narrated ultrasound before receiving an abortion—a measure that has been blocked by both a district court and federal appeals court as unconstitutional…

U.S. House of Representatives Attempting to Attach Abortion Restrictions to Medicare Bill

(PRESS RELEASE) Ignoring the current gridlock in the U.S…

Spain: Abortion Bill Endangers Girls

(Madrid, March 18, 2015)—Spain’s ruling Popular Party should withdraw a bill that would force 16 and 17-year-old girls to obtain the consent of their parents to end a pregnancy, 22 national and international rights groups said today in letters  to the head of the party’s group of…

Senate Blocks Federal Bill That Would Have Denied Survivors of Human Trafficking Safe and Legal Abortion

(PRESS RELEASE) Today 43 Senators stood up for women’s reproductive rights and blocked passage of legislation intended to help survivors of human trafficking that would have denied women access to safe and legal abortion…

West Virginia Legislature Casts Aside Women’s Health and Rights, Overrides Governor’s Veto to Enact Abortion Ban

(PRESS RELEASE) Just days after West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a cruel and unconstitutional abortion ban at 20 weeks of pregnancy, both houses in the state legislature have voted to override the veto and enact HB 2568 into law…

Miscarriage of Justice

Last week, Guadalupe spent her first night at home as a free woman following seven years in prison. After mounting international and local pressure prompted the Salvadoran government to issue a pardon in her case, she was quietly released…

Retrial Begins for Nepalese Migrant Worker Wrongfully Accused of Obtaining Illegal Abortion

(PRESS RELEASE) The retrial of Nirmala Thapa, a 24-year old Nepalese migrant worker who was arrested alongside her doctor in a clinic raid and found guilty of…

Center for Reproductive Rights Calls on West Virginia Governor to Veto Cruel and Unconstitutional Abortion Ban

(PRESS RELEASE) For the second time in less than a year, the West Virginia Legislature has passed an unconstitutional ban on abortion at 20 weeks.  HB…

Mississippi Asks Supreme Court to Review State’s Clinic Shutdown Law

(PRESS RELEASE) Mississippi has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit blocking a law designed to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state…

Our Work in Focus

In the United States, state legislatures wield enormous power to control women's access to abortion and other reproductive healthcare services…
In their efforts to make abortion inaccessible to as many women as possible, anti-choice forces have focused on burdening minors' access to abortion…
In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court held that bans on abortion are unconstitutional…
Biased counseling laws, on the books in many states, require woman seeking an abortion to receive information dictated by the state prior to undergoing the procedure…
Laws that restrict the use of public funds for abortion can create barriers to women’s abortion access that are as difficult for women to overcome as laws that directly restrict the availability of abortion.  Funding restrictions endanger women’s health and, as some state courts have held,…
Human Rights defenders are the activists, including journalists, lawyers, judges, and healthcare providers, whose work allows others to exercise their human rights…
In 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade, that a woman's right to obtain an abortion was protected under the federal constitution…