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UK Supreme Court Recognizes that Northern Ireland’s Abortion Ban Contravenes Human Rights Law and Requires Radical Reconsideration

(GENEVA) The Center for Reproductive Rights welcomes today’s recognition by the UK Supreme Court that Northern Ireland’s highly restrictive abortion law contravenes the European Convention on Human Rights. …

Fact Sheet: Addressing Medical Professionals’ Refusals to Provide Abortion Care on Grounds of Conscience or Religion: European Human Rights Jurisprudence on State Obligations to Guarantee Women’s Access to Legal Reproductive Health Care

In many European countries where abortion is legal, domestic laws and regulations allow medical professionals to refuse to provide abortion care or other forms of reproductive health care on grounds of conscience or religion…

Outcome of Irish Referendum on Abortion is a Momentous Result for Reproductive Rights

(GENEVA) The Center for Reproductive Rights celebrates today’s referendum result in favour of repeal of the Irish constitutional prohibition on abortion as a deeply historic moment for women’s reproductive health and rights in Ireland and globally. …

Documenting the Human Rights Impact of Retrogressive Legislative and Policy Barriers on Women’s Access to abortion in Macedonia: Key Findings and Recommendations

In 2013 and 2014, Macedonian lawmakers introduced a series of new legal requirements, including a three-day mandatory waiting period, mandatory biased counseling and a mandatory ultrasound, which must be complied with before women can access abortion on request during the first 10 weeks of…

Roma Women Speak Out

Segregation. Racial harassment. Physical restraint and neglect during childbirth. Roma women in Slovakia speak about their experiences of discrimination and abuse in reproductive health care facilities…

Over 200 Sexual Reproductive Right's NGOs Call for Polish Parliament to Protect Women’s Health and Rights

Poland’s Parliament should listen to the voices of women across Poland and reject a regressive legislative proposal that would erode reproductive rights, over 200 human and women’s rights groups from across the globe said in

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…

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Ireland’s abortion laws subjected a woman to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, according to a landmark decision from the United Nations Human Rights Committee…
The story of Polish daughter and mother P and S is deeply complicated. P, a teenager, was raped and became pregnant as a consequence. She wanted to terminate the pregnancy and had a right to under Poland's laws…