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Defending Rights & Saving Lives: 2010 Accomplishments

No woman should have to risk her life because she cannot get the essential reproductive care she deserves. This tenet is the cornerstone of the Center for Reproductive Rights work. Looking back at 2010, the Center is proud of how it has advanced toward that vision and has helped to restore dignity and freedom for thousands of women here at home and around the world…

Center Applauds Passage of New Kenyan Constitution A Landmark Development for Women’s Rights

(PRESS RELEASE) Yesterday, election officials in Kenya announced that voters overwhelmingly approved a new constitution, which in addition to increasing civil liberties and enshrining key economic and social rights, promotes women's equality and rights, including reproductive

Washington Post: Should church control health care?

Opinion pages of U.S. newspapers lambasted a decision by St. Joseph's Hospital, a Catholic institution in Phoenix, over the excommunication and demotion of a nun…

African Women Still Not Getting Justice in National Courts, New Report Finds

(PRESS RELEASE) Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights announced new research finding that national courts in African Commonwealth countries have failed to fully protect women against human rights violations, particularly in cases of sexual violence, marital disputes and…

In Harm's Way: Download the Report

Unsafe abortion claims the lives of thousands of Kenyan women each year. Their deaths are entirely - and easily - preventable. Yet the Kenyan government has done little to address the problem…

In Harm's Way: Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton


March 8, 2010

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Clinton:…

The Guardian: Abortion laws kill Kenyan schoolgirls

"A truly shocking report crosses my desk. It tells of the death toll and injuries in Kenya from unsafe abortion. It talks of schoolgirls of 13 and 14 who sell themselves for sex to support their families or are raped, who become pregnant and then die…

Kenya’s Criminal Ban on Abortion Hasn’t Stopped Women from Having Abortions, It’s Only Made Them More Dangerous, Says New CRR Report

(PRESS RELEASE) Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights released the first comprehensive human rights report on abortion in Anglophone Africa documenting the devastating effects of the criminalization of…

In Harm’s Way: Conclusions in Brief

As this report demonstrates, when access to safe and legal abortion is limited, women resort to unsafe abortion, with devastating consequences for their health, lives, and families…

In Harm's Way: The Impact of Kenya's Restrictive Abortion Law

Recommendations to the Government of Kenya

To the Executive Branch