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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…

Shadow Letter on Hungary to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

In January, the Center for Reproductive Rights and its Hungarian partner, PATENT Association, submitted a shadow letter to the 54th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on the situation of women and girls' sexual and reproductive…

The Only Clinic in N. Ireland Survives

Northern Ireland, a country with limited abortion options, has just one private abortion clinic, which opened in 2012…

Stopping All Violence

Last week, President Obama signed the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which funds support groups for and prosecution of violent crimes against women…

People in need of protection

That is where the passion and commitment of human rights defenders lies. They safeguard people of certain races or ethnicities, women, sexual minorities—all of whom have faced violations of their rights in one form or another. …

Reform in Luxembourg

Luxembourg has voted to change its reproductive law and will now permit abortion procedures on request during the first trimester, according to the news site

Ireland’s Abortion Law: Lives At Risk

Last month, Savita Halapannavar arrived at Galway Hospital 17 weeks into her pregnancy and suffering from severe back pains…

RH Reality Check: Silence and Denial Don't Work: Ireland, Malta, the European Union and the Lessons of Savita's Death

Much has been said about the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway, Ireland last month…

European Court of Human Rights Issues Judgment in Z v. Poland

This week the European Court of Human Rights issued a disappointing judgment in Z v. Poland, a case brought by a mother, known as Z, on behalf of her daughter, a pregnant woman who died as a result of having been denied necessary and available medical care for a treatable disease…

European Court of Human Rights Finds Slovakia violated Romani women’s rights in another involuntary sterilization case

(PRESS RELEASE) Today the European Court of Human Rights re-affirmed its recognition of involuntary sterilization of Romani women as a major human rights violation in its ruling in I.G. and Others v. Slovakia…

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…