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United Nations Report Underscores Inequalities In Women’s Reproductive Health And Human Rights Worldwide

(PRESS RELEASE) Despite a 14-year-old international commitment to dramatically reduce maternal deaths, almost 300,000 women worldwide died in 2013 from pregnancy and childbirth related causes, according to a new United Nations report…

Alyne v. Brazil: Case of Alyne da Silva Pimentel Teixeira (“Alyne”) v. Brazil

Alyne, a 28-year-old Afro-Brazilian woman, died of complications resulting from pregnancy after a private and then a public health center denied her quality maternal health care…

Perú Takes Critical Step To Implement Historic United Nations Ruling On Denial of Access to Legal Abortion

(PRESS RELEASE) The Peruvian government has adopted national guidelines for providing safe abortion services that will provide clarity for physicians and patients on legal abortion in the country…

Reproductive Rights and Torture or Ill-Treatment: A briefing by the Center for Reproductive Rights

For over a decade, the UN Committee against Torture (CAT Committee) has recognized some reproductive rights violations as forms of torture or ill-treatment and called on states to change laws, policies, and practices that restrict access to these reproductive health services…

Holy See Not Held Accountable for Its Role in Reproductive Rights Violations Worldwide

(PRESS RELEASE) Though the Holy See has a long history of interfering in women’s access to reproductive health services, including life-saving medical care, the United Nations (UN) Committee Against Torture failed to acknowledge the Vatican’s harsh policies on reproductive rights, which have…

Shadow Letter on the Holy See to the Committee against Torture

The Center prepared this letter to assist the Committee against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT Committee) during the 52nd Session in its review of the Holy See’s compliance with the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading…

UN Committee Against Torture Questions Holy See on Efforts to Curtail Women’s Health Care Globally

(PRESS RELEASE) Representatives of the Holy See were asked by a United Nations Committee yesterday to answer for its interference with women’s access to reproductive health care across the globe leading to cruel and degrading treatment…

UN Human Rights Committee: U.S. Should Ensure Health Coverage for Immigrant Women

(PRESS RELEASE) The United Nations Human Rights Committee is urging the United States to address the critical health care coverage needs for immigrant women and families…

Our Work in Focus

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…
Six years ago this week, the Center for Reproductive Rights won a groundbreaking victory for the women of Peru and around the world . For the first time, an international human rights body condemned a country for failing to provide abortion services that were both legal and essential to the health of a woman, violating her fundamental human rights in the process…