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Latin America & Caribbean

What a Sham

“Why is there an RV in our parking lot?” Amy Hagstrom Miller, owner of Whole Woman’s Health, remembers thinking one morning as she looked out the window of her Austin, Texas, clinic…

Our Top Five

In the face of ongoing, aggressive attacks on reproductive freedom in 2014, we continued to give our all to protect women’s fundamental rights—with big results…

Dominican Republic Decriminalizes Abortion in Limited Circumstances

(PRESS RELEASE) President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic signed the country’s amended Penal Code on Friday that will finally allow women access to safe abortion services in cases of rape, incest, fetal impairment and when the life of the pregnant woman is at risk—a momentous step…

Dominican Republic Set to Allow Abortion in Limited Circumstances

(PRESS RELEASE) The Dominican Republic Chamber of Deputies has agreed to amend the country’s Penal Code to allow abortion in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the pregnant woman is at risk—a major step toward expanding access to safe and legal abortion…

​Dominican Republic Reinforces Harmful Abortion Ban With New Penal Code

(PRESS RELEASE) Despite more than 90,000 unsafe abortions occurring in the Dominican Republic each year and decades of international human rights law establishing a woman’s right to reproductive health care services, the Dominican Chamber of Deputies this week approved revisions to the country’s…

12 Countries Call on El Salvador to Decriminalize Abortion

(PRESS RELEASE) Twelve countries denounced the criminalization of abortion in El Salvador this week as part of the Universal Periodic Review of the country currently being conducted by the United Nations Human Rights Council…

Manuela Toolkit (English)

Manuela, a 33 year old Salvadoran woman of low socio-economic resources, died of cancer while serving a 30 year prison sentence for the crime of aggravated homicide, after having suffered an obstetric emergency…

Organization of American States Links Abortion Restrictions to Violence Against Women; Calls on Governments to Decriminalize Abortion

(PRESS RELEASE) For the first time ever a committee within the Organization of American States (OAS)—considered to be the United Nations for the Americas—is recommending that all governments decriminalize abortion in cases of rape and incest, when the woman’s health or life is at risk…

Forced Sterilization in Chile

Francisca, a young Chilean woman, describes the day her only son was born as the worst and the best day of her life. The best—for obvious reasons. The worst—for reasons almost too awful to fathom…

Center for Reproductive Rights Brings Forced Sterilization Case of HIV Positive Woman to Human Rights Commission

(PRESS RELEASE) More than a decade after a Chilean woman was forcibly sterilized because she is living with HIV, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights announced that it will hear her case—the first-ever forced sterilization case for a person living with HIV in Latin…

Our Work in Focus

[UPDATE] Following 11 years of wrongful imprisonment after suffering an obstetric emergency, the Salvadoran Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) and the Ministry of Justice and Public Safety commuted Teodora's sentence and released her today…
Your voice counts – sign the petition now to urge the Costa Rican government to permit women to receive the medical care they need…
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…