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Reproductive Rights: A Tool for Monitoring State Obligations

The Monitoring Tool provides a means to monitor the implementation of specific State obligations in the field of reproductive rights…

Ireland’s Abortion Law: Lives At Risk

Last month, Savita Halapannavar arrived at Galway Hospital 17 weeks into her pregnancy and suffering from severe back pains…

RH Reality Check: Silence and Denial Don't Work: Ireland, Malta, the European Union and the Lessons of Savita's Death

Much has been said about the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway, Ireland last month…

European Court of Human Rights Issues Judgment in Z v. Poland

This week the European Court of Human Rights issued a disappointing judgment in Z v. Poland, a case brought by a mother, known as Z, on behalf of her daughter, a pregnant woman who died as a result of having been denied necessary and available medical care for a treatable disease…

International Day of Decriminalization of Abortion: A Look at Nearly Two Decades of Abortion Law Reform

In 2008, Manuela, a 33-year-old mother of two from El Salvador, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison after suffering severe complications giving birth. From the moment that she arrived at the hospital seeking emergency health care, slipping in and out of…

Time for Action

In August 2011, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) struck a blow for women worldwide when it recognized—in the first preventable maternal death case to go before an international human rights body—that governments have an inescapable…

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…

The Legal and Policy Framework on Abortion in Tanzania

Abortion is legal in mainland Tanzania when done to preserve the life or mental or physical health of the pregnant women, as well as in cases of sexual violence…

Center for Reproductive Rights Opens New Office in Nepal

(PRESS RELEASE) The Center for Reproductive Rights, a global legal advocacy organization dedicated to the worldwide advancement of reproductive rights and their recognition as fundamental human rights, today formally announced the opening of its new office in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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RH REALITY CHECK: Birth Control Alone Isn't Enough

In 1996, a Peruvian woman named María Mamérita Mestanza Chávez died from complications of a forced sterilization in Peru…