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New House Bill Would Prevent Harmful Federal Restrictions That Deny Safe Abortion Services to Millions Worldwide

(PRESS RELEASE) New federal legislation was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prevent future U.S. presidents from imposing a harmful policy barring any organization that receives U.S…

Inter-American Commission Orders Paraguay to Provide Immediate Medical Care to 10-year Old Pregnant Rape Survivor

(PRESS RELEASE) After global outcry over the case of a 10-year-old rape survivor who was unable to access a medically necessary abortion in Paraguay, this week the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)—one of the main human rights body for the Americas—has ordered the Paraguayan…

U.N. Committee Questions Chile on Its Human Rights Record

(PRESS RELEASE) This week a U.N…

Chile Looks Forward

This past March, a 25-year-old woman suffering from terrible abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding sought emergency care at the hospital—where she was reported to authorities and detained on suspicion of attempted abortion…

Perú Reopens Criminal Investigation Into Mass Forced Sterilizations

(PRESS RELEASE) The Peruvian government will reopen its criminal investigation into the forced sterilization of hundreds of thousands of women and men in the 1990s—according to a decision by Luis Antonio Landa Burgos, the Superior Prosecutor for Perú…

Paraguay Denies Abortion to Raped 10-Year-Old

International outrage has been building since late last week, when The Daily Beast reported on the case of a pregnant 10-year-old in Paraguay who has been denied an abortion by…

El Salvador Must Respond to Charges of Human Rights Violations Related to Woman’s Imprisonment and Death Under Criminal Abortion Ban

(PRESS RELEASE) The Salvadoran government has been ordered to respond to human rights violations and its role in the death of a woman known as “Manuela” who miscarried, was wrongfully accused of seeking an unsafe abortion, was sent to prison and died less than a year later behind…

Dominican Republic Abortion Law Debated in Supreme Court

(PRESS RELEASE) Despite progress made by the Dominican Republic last year decriminalizing abortion in limited circumstances, the Supreme Court will hold a judicial hearing today to discuss three different constitutional challenges to the new law…

Annual Report 2014

The following annual report documents the momentum and impact of our work in 2014—from defending the very last abortion clinic in Mississippi, to spearheading introduction of a historic bill to protect reproductive freedom across the U.S., to securing the

Miscarriage of Justice

Last week, Guadalupe spent her first night at home as a free woman following seven years in prison. After mounting international and local pressure prompted the Salvadoran government to issue a pardon in her case, she was quietly released…

Our Work in Focus

Since 1992, the Center's innovative legal work has fundamentally transformed the landscape of reproductive health and rights worldwide, and has already strengthened laws and policies in more than 50 countries. CRR in the Field is a personal look at the various ways Center staff interacts with plaintiffs, policy makers, governing bodies, and supporters at home and abroad to further the fight for reproductive rights…
Six years ago this week, the Center for Reproductive Rights won a groundbreaking victory for the women of Peru and around the world . For the first time, an international human rights body condemned a country for failing to provide abortion services that were both legal and essential to the health of a woman, violating her fundamental human rights in the process…
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held a hearing in the case of Paola del Rosario Guzmán Albarracín, an Ecuadorian teenager who was sexually abused repeatedly by her school’s vice-principal for two years. Petita Albarracín, Paola’s mother, told the Commission about her…