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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. …

Ireland’s Law a Modest Step Forward

Technically, abortion has been legal in Ireland for two decades, but under extremely narrow circumstances. In practical terms, though, legal exceptions to a near total ban on abortion were either unclear or disregarded or both…

Irish Government Agrees on Abortion Legislation For Women Whose Lives Are at Risk

(PRESS RELEASE) The Irish government published yesterday the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013, new abortion legislation designed, if adopted, to provide doctors and individuals with legal clarity about the circumstances under which a woman whose life is at risk may legally end a…

No Relief in Ireland

When Amanda Kellet and James Burke went to a Dublin hospital for their 21-week ultrasound, they were looking forward to finding out whether they were having a boy or a girl. …

New Legislation Introduced in Ireland Would Provide Needed Clarity on Legal Abortion For Women Suffering Life-Threatening Conditions

(PRESS RELEASE) The Irish government published yesterday the first outline of new abortion legislation aimed at providing doctors and individuals legal clarity about the circumstances under which a woman whose life is at risk may legally end a pregnancy.
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Pursuit of Justice

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…

Uphill Battle for Ireland’s New Abortion Law

The death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway, Ireland, last October created a national uproar in the country, and a call for greater clarity around a longstanding Supreme Court decision that…

France: Reproductive Health Care Now Free

As of April 1, women in France who need an abortion can get one without worrying about whether they can afford it. The government will pay 100 percent of the cost. The legislation also includes a measure to pay for the total cost of contraception for adolescent girls age 15 to 18…

UN Body Slams Abortion Laws

This month, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee) condemned Hungary for two types of abortion restrictions that are on the rise both in Europe and in the US—mandatory waiting periods and biased counseling laws…

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…