Europe

Shadow letter to the Human Rights Committee for its adoption of list of issues for Ireland

In August 2013 the Center for Reproductive Rights submitted a letter to assist the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Human Rights Committee in its formulation of issues for Ireland’s coming review under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  The letter specifically…

European Parliament Postpones Vote For Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

(PRESS RELEASE) In a 351 to 319 vote Tuesday, members of the European Parliament delayed the adoption of a report calling on all European Union members to improve women’s ability to get essential services such as contraception and safe abortion services, as well as comprehensive sexuality…

EU Set to Vote on Major Policy Initiative

UPDATE: In an unexpected turn of events, a coalition of conservative members of the European Parliament forced a vote to send the report on sexual and reproductive health and rights back to the Women’s Rights Committee for further discussions.

Fact Sheet: Access to Contraceptives in the European Union

States are obligated under international law to provide women access to a full range of contraceptives and contraceptive information. Most countries in the European Union include affordable contraceptives and contraceptive information in their public health and social policies…

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…

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…