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Shadow Letter on Poland to UN Human Rights Committee

On October 17-18, 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Committee questioned Polish officials as a part of periodic review of Poland's compliance with its human rights obligations…

Women’s Strike Defeats Abortion Ban in Poland

On October 3, seven million women in Poland went on strike, outraged by a proposal that would completely ban abortion—and punish women who end a pregnancy with up to five years in prison.

After Massive Public Outcry, Polish Parliament Rejects Total Abortion Ban

(PRESS RELEASE) By a vote of 352-58, the Polish Parliament today rejected a draft measure which would have banned abortion in all circumstances and criminalized women who obtained abortion services.  Today’s vote comes after a massive public outcry over the measure, with millions of…

Mellet v. Ireland

Ireland’s abortion laws subjected a woman to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, according to a landmark decision from the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

The Center

A Most Basic Right

At 21 weeks pregnant, when Amanda Mellet was told the fetus she was carrying would not live due to a fatal chromosomal anomaly, she was given an unconscionable choice: She could carry the pregnancy to term or leave the country to get an abortion…