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Mellet v. Ireland: Ireland must legalize abortion to end violations of women's human rights

In June 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Committee issued a groundbreaking decision in the case of Mellet v. Ireland. The Committee held that by prohibiting and criminalizing abortion, and thereby preventing Ms…

U.N. Committee: Philippines Must Provide Access to Modern Contraceptives, Legalize Abortion in Certain Circumstances

(PRESS RELEASE) The Philippine government must ensure access to modern contraceptives and legalize abortion in certain circumstances, according to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (U.N. CEDAW)…

Statement from Amanda Mellet

I am profoundly grateful to the Human Rights Committee for its decision and its clear recognition that my human rights were violated as a result of Ireland’s prohibition and criminalisation of abortion. …

Mellet v. Ireland

Ireland’s abortion laws subjected a woman to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, according to a landmark decision from the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

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A Most Basic Right

At 21 weeks pregnant, when Amanda Mellet was told the fetus she was carrying would not live due to a fatal chromosomal anomaly, she was given an unconscionable choice: She could carry the pregnancy to term or leave the country to get an abortion…

U.N. Committee Finds Ireland's Abortion Laws Are Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading

(PRESS RELEASE) Ireland’s abortion laws subjected a woman to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, according to a landmark decision from the United Nations Human Rights…

U.N. Committee: Philippines Should Liberalize Its Abortion Law and Guarantee Access to All Modern Contraceptives

(PRESS RELEASE) The absolute ban on abortion in the Philippines should be repealed and access to sexual and reproductive health services should be addressed, according to the United Nations Committee against Torture (U.N. CAT)…

Our Work in Focus

An important component of the Center's work is ensuring that the United States lives up to its human rights commitments related to reproductive rights. The U.S…
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…