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United Nations Human Rights Council Urged to Address Lack of Access to Contraceptives and Family Planning

(PRESS RELEASE) The governments of Argentina, Denmark, Ethiopia, and Morocco are leading a group of more than 60 states in an effort to draw attention to insufficient access to contraceptives and family planning services with the submission of a cross-regional statement to the United…

Abandoned By a Nation

It’s nearly impossible to go through this life and not encounter a serious medical issue. In those moments of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty, we desperately want information: about what has happened, what will happen, the choices we have, the consequences of our decisions…

Center for Reproductive Rights Brings Second Case Against Ireland Abortion Laws to United Nations

(PRESS RELEASE) Today the Center for Reproductive Rights filed its second challenge to Ireland’s abortion laws before the United Nations Human Rights Committee…

Women Must Have Control Over Their Own Bodies

Earlier this year France was the latest to join a handful of progressive countries to expand access to reproductive health services — with its National Assembly amending the country’s laws to affirm a woman’s right to an abortion through the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and criminalize…

Daily Beast: Why Does Spain Love Gay Marriage But Hate Abortion?

Spain’s about to become the most repressive country in the EU when it comes to abortion rights—even as it has embraced gay marriage. It’s a disconnect that is the canary in the coal mine for Europe’s women…

Reuters: IWD 2014: No equality without reproductive autonomy

Earlier this year, France’s National Assembly moved to amend its country’s laws to reaffirm women’s absolute right to end a pregnancy through the first 12 weeks and, furthermore, criminalize any attempts to obstruct this right…

Irish Woman Tweets Abortion Story

After receiving a number of “nasty” messages from anti-choice activists, a blogger in Ireland got angry, and then decided to raise her voice…

Spain Taking Cue from Poland With Restrictive Abortion Law

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wants to make most abortions in his country illegal…

Annual Report 2013

The Center’s 2013 Annual Report documents a year of accomplishments and advances across the globe that will change the lives of millions.

New York Times: Spain’s regressive abortion bill

Regarding “Spain’s alarming abortion debate” (Editorial, Jan. 18): When a country severely restricts women’s access to abortion, as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is proposing in Spain, it shames and stigmatizes all women who may need to end a pregnancy…

Our Work in Focus

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…