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Center for Reproductive Rights Announces High-Ranking State Department Official Karen Hanrahan as New Chief Program Officer

(PRESS RELEASE) The Center for Reproductive Rights has appointed Karen Hanrahan, who most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, as the organization’s new Chief Program Officer, effective today…

Retrial Begins for Nepalese Migrant Worker Wrongfully Accused of Obtaining Illegal Abortion

(PRESS RELEASE) The retrial of Nirmala Thapa, a 24-year old Nepalese migrant worker who was arrested alongside her doctor in a clinic raid and found guilty of…

Center for Reproductive Rights Calls on West Virginia Governor to Veto Cruel and Unconstitutional Abortion Ban

(PRESS RELEASE) For the second time in less than a year, the West Virginia Legislature has passed an unconstitutional ban on abortion at 20 weeks.  HB…

El Salvador Releases One Woman Wrongfully Imprisoned, But Refuses to Pardon 15 Others

(PRESS RELEASE) On the same day local advocates celebrate the official release of “Guadalupe”—a rape survivor who became pregnant, suffered an obstetric emergency, was charged for having an abortion and later wrongfully imprisoned for homicide—anonymous sources have confirmed that El…

Mississippi Asks Supreme Court to Review State’s Clinic Shutdown Law

(PRESS RELEASE) Mississippi has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit blocking a law designed to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state…

Federal Bill Would Ensure Military Servicewomen, Dependents Have Equal Access to Birth Control, Family Planning

(PRESS RELEASE) Today members of Congress reintroduced a federal bill that would guarantee all women who rely on the military for their health care—including active and non-active duty servicemembers and dependents—comprehensive coverage for contraceptives and family-planning counseling…

President Bachelet Introduces Legislation to Decriminalize Abortion in Chile

(PRESS RELEASE) President Michelle Bachelet of Chile introduced a bill Saturday that would allow women access to safe and legal abortion services in cases of sexual violence, fetal impairments and life-endangerment…

Obama Budget Continues Discriminatory Abortion Coverage Restrictions for Low-Income Women, But Would Restore Limited Coverage for D.C. Women

(PRESS RELEASE) The Center for Reproductive Rights expressed disappointment today that President Barack Obama’s FY2016 budget retains a ban on abortion services for women receiving health care through the federal government by restricting Medicaid coverage for abortion in only extremely…

New Report Calls on Texas Lawmakers to Restore Critical Reproductive Health Care Services for Latinas

(PRESS RELEASE) The Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health released a new resource today outlining proactive policies that Texas politicians should enact to end the current health care crisis in…