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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…

UN Committee Calls on United States to Immediately Address Racial Discrimination in Health Care

(PRESS RELEASE) The United States has failed to make sufficient progress in addressing racial and gender disparities in access to health care, according to new concluding observations (attached) from the UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)…

Spotlighting Racial Bias

In LaKeisha’s hometown of Atlanta, African American women die in childbirth at a rate more than three times the national average. Following an emergency c-section, LaKeisha experienced a brush with this unsettling statistic when she developed a…

Reproductive Injustice: Racial and Gender Discrimination in U.S. Health Care

When it ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), the United States committed to ensure the right to health care free from all forms of racial discrimination to all within its borders. Yet, as the U.S. prepares to report to the U.N…

The Human Rights Committee Urges Malawi to Safeguard Sexual and Reproductive Rights

In July 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (the Committee), which monitors states’ implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, released its concluding observations on Malawi, urging the government to take immediate steps to address reproductive…

Whose Right to Life? Women's Rights and Prenatal Protections under Human Rights and Comparative Law

The right to life is a fundamental human right, central to the enjoyment of all other human rights…

United Nations Calls on Perú to Expand Access to Legal Abortion

(PRESS RELEASE) The United Nations (U.N.) has called for the Peruvian government to liberalize its current abortion law and to address human rights violations, including the denial of legal abortion services and gender-based discrimination faced by women when they seek legal recourse…