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05.04.2020

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COVID-19 Pro Bono Clearinghouse

The COVID-19 crisis raises complex legal questions for civil society organizations (CSOs) and health professionals working in Europe regarding the impact of the pandemic on the provision of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services that may require legal counsel. In response, the Center for Reproductive Rights created the Pro Bono Clearinghouse to support CSOs and health professionals grappling with legal questions or concerns, by connecting them with a law firm that will provide pro bono (free) legal assistance. Learn more.

COVID-19 Fact Sheets

Abortion is Essential Healthcare, a new publication by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, explains why abortion access is imperative during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How State COVID-19 Orders Can Impact Abortion Access, a new fact sheet by the Center for Reproductive Rights, discusses how while some state government officials are working to ensure continued, timely access to all essential healthcare, others are exploiting this crisis to advance a decades-old coordinated campaign to ban abortion care.

COVID-19 Underscores the Nonessential Nature of Abortion Restrictions, a new fact sheet by the Center for Reproductive Rights, examines how unnecessary restrictions on abortion care exacerbate the already difficult circumstances facing both health care providers and pregnant people.

Expanding Telemedicine Can Ensure Abortion Access During COVID-19 Pandemic, a fact sheet by the Center for Reproductive Rights, explains why offering an essential service safely and effectively through telemedicine to minimize patient contact is a public health priority. This new fact sheet was developed by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health.

Safeguarding Maternal Health and Rights in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic, a fact sheet developed by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, discusses how childbirth is the leading reason for hospitalization in the United States, and as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, so will pregnancies and the need for pregnancy-related health care.

Access to Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Care is a Human Rights Imperative During the COVID-19 Pandemic, a fact sheet by the Center for Reproductive Rights, discusses how human rights experts call on governments to ensure the provision of the full range of sexual and reproductive health services.

Youth Reproductive Rights & the COVID-19 Response, a fact sheet by the Center for Reproductive Rights in partnership with Advocates for Youth, URGE, SEICUS, and If/When/How, discusses how access to comprehensive reproductive health care is critical for young people, especially during a public health emergency.

Sexual and Reproductive Rights During COVID-19 Response and Beyond: Standards from the United Nations, a fact sheet by the Center for Reproductive Rights, discusses the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and girls.

Access to Justice during the COVID-19 Pandemic, a fact sheet produced by the Center for Reproductive Rights, grounds access to justice in both international human rights law and international humanitarian law to outline the judiciary’s legal obligations to monitor derogations and protect existing rights during the pandemic.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Access to Justice, and COVID-19, a fact sheet by the Center for Reproductive Rights, uses international and regional human rights law to demonstrate that sexual and reproductive health services are essential health services that governments must continue to provide during the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Pandemic is Exacerbating a Human Rights Crisis in Maternal Health, a fact sheet by the Center for Reproductive Rights, discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic affects human rights crisis in maternal health.

Pregnant Immigrants and Asylum Seekers During COVID-19: U.S. Government Abuses at the Border and Beyond, a fact sheet by the Center for Reproductive Rights, outlines evidence of the mistreatment of pregnant immigrants and people seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border and in U.S. immigration detention, and discusses how existing policies have created the conditions for escalating human rights abuses during COVID-19.

COVID-19 and Reproductive Health in Asia 

Impact of COVID-19 on Reproductive Health and Rights in Sindh, a fact-finding report showing that with the onset of the pandemic, the availability of reproductive health services, including contraception, safe abortion services and obstetric services in Sindh declined.

PAPAC Statement - COVID-19 and Postabortion Care, a statement endorsed by the Center and released by the Pakistan Alliance on Post-Abortion Care (PAPAC) calling on the government and service providers to ensure the availability of safe abortion services during the pandemic.

Asia Reproductive Health Rights Working Group COVID-19 Statement, a joint statement, in Nepali language, of the Reproductive Health Rights Working Group (RHRWG) to ensure Sexual and Reproductive Health Services and Rights and its continuity during the pandemic of the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) for protecting women and girls’ lives and health in Nepal.

SARJAI Statement on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) during COVID-19, a joint statement with the Center’s Asia team and the SARJAI network on SRHR during COVID-19, issued on May 5, 2020. The Asia team spearheaded the joint statement, and received collaboration and feedback from the network members. The statement has been endorsed by 20 SARJAI partner organizations and 3 individual members of SARJAI network.

April COVID-19 Landscape: SRHR and Gendered Issues in Asia, a newsletter of the April 2020 updates regarding COVID-19’s effects on SRH services and gender issues throughout the Asia-Pacific region, more specifically: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia, and the Philippines. The Nepal RHRWG, PAPAC, and CRR-SARJAI network statements are linked in this document as well. 

May COVID-19 Landscape: SRHR and Gender Issues in Asia, a newsletter of the May 2020 updates regarding COVID-19's effect on SRH services and gender issues throughout the Asia-Pacific region, more specifically:  India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

June COVID-19 Landscape: SRHR and Gender Issues in Asia, a newsletter of the June updates regarding COVID-19’s effects on SRH services and gender issues throughout the Asia-Pacific region, more specifically: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

COVID-19 and Reproductive Health in Latin America and the Caribbean

#NiñasNoMadres  (#GirlsNotMothers), a joint statement with Planned Parenthood Global and more than 160 organizations in LAC calling States in the region to guarantee girls protection and access to essential health services, such as emergency contraception and legal termination of pregnancy during COVID-19 pandemic.  

Joint statement with Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto, la Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local, Women’s Equality Center (WEC) y el Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional (CEJIL), alongside our partners in El Salvador, the Center demanded better conditions for unfairly imprisoned women because of obstetric emergencies. The women live in inhuman conditions and due to the pandemic are not permitted to receive donations like personal care products. 

Letter to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights demanding policies and measures to release prison population to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic, together with Equality Now, the Center has been leading a communication signed by over 60 organizations for sexual and reproductive health and rights in Latin America. We are seeking guarantees for victims of gender-based violence and the realization of human rights for women unfairly deprived of liberty due to obstetric emergencies. 

COVID-19 Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Developments in Europe