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Courts around the world, as well as United Nations and regional human rights bodies, are increasingly recognizing that a woman's rights to reproductive healthcare and self-determination are basic human rights that must be protected.

The Law School Initiative at the Center for Reproductive Rights works with a wide range of legal academics to invigorate scholarship and teaching around this growing body of law, and trains the next generation of lawyers to think about reproductive health using a human rights framework.

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Black Mamas Matter

“I was hurting so bad I didn't know what to do with myself,” remembers Tiffany, who was forced to labor for hours in a basement hallway of the public hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, where she had sought maternity care…

Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP)

"TRAP" (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws single out the medical practices of doctors who provide abortions and impose on them requirements that are different and more burdensome than those…

Our Work in Focus

What’s the worst thing about bad ideas? They’re catching…
Every year, anti-choice state legislators propose measures intended to restrict women's access to abortion, including mandatory delays, biased counseling provisions and other burdensome and unnecessary requirements. On average, more than six hundred bills are proposed annually and dozens are passed, making it increasingly difficult for women in many states to access abortion…
In the United States, state legislatures wield enormous power to control women's access to abortion and other reproductive healthcare services…
The U.S. spends at least twice as much per capita on healthcare than almost every other western industrialized country.  Yet, the U.S. has some of the widest disparities in health outcomes…
"TRAP" (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws single out the medical practices of doctors who provide abortions and impose on them requirements that are different and more burdensome than those…
Human Rights defenders are the activists, including journalists, lawyers, judges, and healthcare providers, whose work allows others to exercise their human rights…
Young women face particular obstacles to accessing reproductive health services and information…
An important component of the Center's work is ensuring that the United States lives up to its human rights commitments related to reproductive rights. The U.S…
The right to obtain and use contraceptives is part of the fundamental right to privacy guaranteed by the United States Constitution…
In their efforts to make abortion inaccessible to as many women as possible, anti-choice forces have focused on burdening minors' access to abortion…