Accountability Bodies

A Global View of Abortion Rights

A critical accompaniment to the World's Abortion Laws map, this fact sheet provides a snapshot of the current status of abortion in countries across the globe, trends in global abortion laws and a summary of the human rights standards surrounding abortion services. …

Questions & Answers: Understanding the World's Abortion Laws Map

This fact sheet provides readers with critical information for understanding the World Abortion Laws map, including information on the legal sources of abortion laws, as well as in-depth descriptions of each category on the abortion map and the types of abortion laws they include…

Manuela Toolkit (English)

Manuela, a 33 year old Salvadoran woman of low socio-economic resources, died of cancer while serving a 30 year prison sentence for the crime of aggravated homicide, after having suffered an obstetric emergency…

Preventing Maternal Death

Maureen, a maternal health advocate in Uganda, remembers losing her cousin—a young woman in her first year of university. During a secret abortion performed in haste, her intestines were accidentally pierced…

United Nations Calls on Governments to Promote Safe Pregnancy and Child Birth

(PRESS RELEASE) The United Nations Human Right Council unanimously passed its fifth resolution on preventable maternal deaths, urging all U.N.

Conscientious Objection and Reproductive Rights: International Human Rights Standards

The Center for Reproductive Rights’ new publication Conscientious Objection and Reproductive Rights: International Human Rights Standards describes the rules of International Human Rights Law regarding conscientious objection…

New Report: Global Trend of Expanding Legal Abortion Services Continues

(PRESS RELEASE) More than 30 countries have amended their laws to expand access to safe and legal abortion services in the last 20 years—a trend that has marked incredible progress to improving women’s rights and lives, including significantly reduced rates of maternal mortality due to…

Abortion Worldwide: 20 Years of Reform

In 1994, 179 countries came together to adopt the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the first international consensus document in which states recognized that reproductive rights are human rights that are already enshrined in domestic…

From Risk to Rights: Realizing States’ Obligations to Prevent and Address Maternal Mortality

During the past several decades, sexual and reproductive rights advocates have transformed the global community’s understanding of maternal mortality and morbidity, framing it as a clear violation of women’s fundamental human rights…

Shadow Letter to the CEDAW Committee on Sierra Leone

The Center and L.A.W.Y.E.R.S. submitted this shadow letter to the CEDAW Committee during its 57th session in connection with its review of Sierra Leone…