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Fact Sheet: A, B and C v. Ireland

In 2005, three women challenged the Irish law on abortion after being forced to travel abroad to obtain an abortion. The Irish law currently only allows abortion when a woman's life is in danger, and this exception is vague and difficult to interpret…

ICPD and Human Rights: 20 Years of Advancing Reproductive Rights though UN Treaty Bodies and Legal Reform

The ICPD and Human Rights fact sheets examine the progress states have made over the past twenty years fulfilling the commitments made in the ICPD Programme of Action…

The Truth About Ireland’s Abortion Law

In a recent set of articles, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat once again puts his foot in his mouth when he argues that abortion restrictions can be compatible

Ireland President Michael D. Higgins Signs Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 Into Law

(PRESS RELEASE) Today Ireland's President Michael Higgins signed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 into law…

Call for Applications for the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute, 2013-2015

After four successful rounds, the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation, together with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Network of East-West Women, and in…

Ireland To Enact Abortion Legislation Only For Women Whose Lives Are At Risk

(PRESS RELEASE) After a week of deliberations, the Irish Seanad (Senate) passed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 Tuesday night in a 39 to 14 vote. The bill now goes to Ireland President Michael D. Higgins’s desk for his signature…

Irish Law Passes, Bringing Moderate Change

The Irish Parliament finally passed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill after months of controversy and several days of contentious debate. The new law will offer legal clarity to the circumstances under which Irish women can get a legal abortion…

Dáil Approves Ireland Abortion Legislation Only For Women Whose Lives Are At Risk

(PRESS RELEASE) After a contentious debate, the Dáil (House of Representatives) passed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 in a 127 to 31 vote…

Shadow Letter on the Republic of Moldova to the Committee against Torture

On March 21, 2012, the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partner, the Institutul pentru Drepturile Omului din Moldova (the Moldovan Institute for Human Rights), submitted a shadow letter to the Committee against Torture for the adoption of a list of issues prior to reporting for the…

The Scars of Torture

After a woman suffers painful and terrifying complications during the last hours of childbirth, the worst is usually over for her. …

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…