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Center for Reproductive Rights Implores the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Address the Extent to Which El Salvador’s Absolute Abortion Law Criminalizes Women

(PRESS RELEASE) This week the Center for Reproductive Rights along with local Salvadoran organization Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto Ético, Terapéutico y Eugenésico filed a precautionary measure before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, asking for leniency…

Inter-American Court of Human Rights Hears Challenge to Costa Rica’s In-Vitro Fertilization Ban; Ruling Will Have Broad Consequences for Reproductive Rights Throughout Latin America

(PRESS RELEASE) In a case that will affect the ability of women and families throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to make their own decisions about their reproductive health and future, Costa Rica's longstanding ban on in-vitro fertilization (IVF)—which has prohibited hundreds of…

A World of Tragedy: The real-world consequences of a “human life” amendment

The opponents of reproductive rights are once again calling for a "human life" amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Of course, the Constitution already protects human life; what these extremists really want is to completely ban abortion nationwide…

Philippines Contraception Conflict

The third time was not a charm in the Philippines. So on August 7, the Philippine government will make a fourth attempt to pass a family planning law, this one allowing health officials to provide free birth control and encourage families to have no more than two kids…

2012 At the Midpoint: The Assault Continues

There's no question that 2011 was a truly seismic year for reproductive rights in the U.S. More than 60 laws damaging women's access to reproductive health care passed in 24 states, an unprecedented assault on women's health care…

Center for Reproductive Rights Resources and Materials on Refusal Laws

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other reproductive right opponents regularly proclaim that respect for religious liberty requires "conscience provisions," also known as refusal clauses, to be built into our nation's laws…

Philippines: Time to Take Action

The Center for Reproductive Rights is calling on the Philippines—a country with one of the worst human rights records on protecting women's health— to adopt and implement a set of key recommendations on reproductive health before a panel of its peers at the United Nations. …

Time to Get Emergency Contraception Right

The rules on who can get emergency contraception without a prescription are confusing. They don’t need to be, and they shouldn’t be, not for a drug deemed safe by government experts.

A recent study, though, revealed that many pharmacies are denying the medication to women who meet the legal requirements and don’t need a prescription…

Center for Reproductive Rights Launches Legal Challenge to Keep Abortion and Contraception Ban Off Oklahoma Ballot

(PRESS RELEASE) Oklahoma’s proposed ballot initiative to define a fertilized egg as a “person” is blatantly unconstitutional and should be blocked from the Oklahoma ballot, according to a new lawsuit filed today by Center for Reproductive Rights as lead counsel, the American Civil Liberties…

Millions of European Women Struggle to Access Contraception

(PRESS RELEASE) Millions of women living in European Union member states still cannot access affordable contraception or even get accurate information about it — violating their human rights and discriminating against them because of their gender…

Our Work in Focus

Young women face particular obstacles to accessing reproductive health services and information…