Abortion

Legal Restrictions

Whelan v. Ireland: Ireland Must Reform its Abortion Law to Prevent Violations of Women's Human Rights

In June 2017, the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled for the second time that by prohibiting and criminalizing abortion, Ireland violated a woman’s fundamental human rights. In the case of Whelan v. Ireland, the Committee held that by prohibiting Ms…

The Center for Reproductive Rights Denounces Arrest of Pregnant Schoolgirls in Tanzania

(PRESS RELEASE) Five schoolgirls who became pregnant and their parents were arrested last week following a local government directive, despite no laws forbidding teenagers from becoming pregnant. Everyone was later released on bail…

Fact Sheet: The Global Gag Rule and Human Rights

Under the Global Gag Rule, the U.S. is turning its back on the human rights of women and girls around the world…

Texas Court Strikes Down Ban on Safest, Most Common Method of Abortion After Approximately 15 Weeks

(Press Release) Today, a federal district court judge struck down a…

Federal Court Rejects Bid to Halt Center for Reproductive Rights Lawsuit Against Louisiana Abortion Restrictions

(PRESS RELEASE) – A Louisiana federal court today rejected in large part the state’s efforts to shut down litigation brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights challenging every abortion restriction passed by the state in 2016, finding that there is sufficient basis for the…

Trial Concludes in Challenge to Texas Abortion Method Ban

(PRESS RELEASE) A trial concluded yesterday in a lawsuit brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood, on behalf of lead plaintiff Whole Woman’s Health, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas, and other providers…

Our Work in Focus

In the United States, state legislatures wield enormous power to control women's access to abortion and other reproductive healthcare services…
"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…
In their efforts to make abortion inaccessible to as many women as possible, anti-choice forces have focused on burdening minors' access to abortion…