At the United Nations

Irish Government to Provide Monetary Reparations Following Landmark United Nations Abortion Case

(PRESS RELEASE) The Irish government intends to give compensation to Amanda Mellet following a landmark decision from the United Nations Human Rights Committee recognizing that…

Philippine Commission on Human Rights Report: Criminalization of Abortion Stigmatizes Women

(PRESS RELEASE) The criminal ban on abortion in the Philippines stigmatizes women and has led to many poor women resorting to unsafe abortion—according to a national inquiry report from the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHR)…

U.N. Human Rights Committee Concerned by Poland's Restrictive Abortion Law

(PRESS RELEASE) Women in Poland may face risks to their health and lives as a result of the country’s highly restrictive abortion law—according to a report released today by the United…

Shadow Letter on Poland to UN Human Rights Committee

On October 17-18, 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Committee questioned Polish officials as a part of periodic review of Poland's compliance with its human rights obligations…

U.N. Committee: Philippines Must Allow Legal Abortion, Improve Access to Contraceptives

(PRESS RELEASE) The Philippine government should take measures to legalize abortion in certain circumstances and provide sexual and reproductive health information and services, according to the U.N. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR Committee)…

Breaking Ground 2016: Treaty Monitoring Bodies on Reproductive Rights

Breaking Ground: Treaty Monitoring Bodies on Reproductive Rights, an annual publication from the Center for Reproductive Rights, summarizes the jurisprudence from United Nations treaty monitoring bodies on reproductive rights, particularly the standards on maternal health care, abortion, and…

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. …

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…