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Council of Europe Commissioner Launches New Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Europe

(PRESS RELEASE) The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe—the main human rights watchdog for the continent—released a new report on women’s sexual and…

Free Teodora

When our client Teodora del Carmen Vásquez discovered she was pregnant, she was thrilled. Not only would she be expanding her family, but she would be giving her only son a brother. It was joyous news—that is, until things went terribly wrong…

New Report: Roma Women Experience Discrimination, Receive Poor Reproductive Health Care In Slovakia

(PRESS RELEASE) Roma women living in Slovakia report facing discrimination, segregation and abuse when obtaining reproductive health services, according to a new report from the Center for Reproductive Rights and Slovak organization Center for Civil and Human Rights (Poradňa)…

Kenyan Government: Stop Sexual Violence

In the aftermath of the chaotic presidential election results in Kenya in early August and again in October, more than 50 accounts of rape and sexual violence have been identified throughout Kenya—including gang rape and beatings by members of security forces and militia groups…

Sexual Violence In Latin America And The Caribbean Takes Center Stage At The Inter-American Commission On Human Rights

(PRESS RELEASE) Human rights advocates for reproductive health, child and adolescents and human rights advocates testified this week in Montevideo, Uruguay on the failure of governments to condemn sexual violence and provide access to justice for adolescents and girls…

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Calls for Better Access to Reproductive Health Services

(PRESS RELEASE) The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)—the principal human rights body for the Americas—released a statement that underscores how laws criminalizing abortion in all circumstances lead to human rights violations…

Nurse Acquitted in a Pregnancy Complications Case

(PRESS RELEASE) Today the Court of Appeal of Kenya acquitted Jackson Tali, a registered nurse who was arrested and sentenced to death on murder charges.

Call on Costa Rica Now

Your voice counts – sign the petition now to urge the Costa Rican government to permit women to receive the medical care they need.

Chile to Pass Historic Bill

(PRESS RELEASE) Today Chile’s Constitutional Tribunalvoted 6 to 4 to pass an abortion bill that will allow women to access safe and legal abortion services in cases of life-

Chile Makes History

[UPDATE] In a monumental victory for women’s reproductive rights in Chile, the government’s Constitutional Tribunal voted to decriminalize abortion in cases of rape, fatal fetal impairment, or when a woman’s life is in danger…

Our Work in Focus

In a recent decision in the case of Lakshmi Dhikta v. Nepal, the Supreme Court of Nepal ruled that the country’s government must guarantee access to safe and affordable abortion services. Specifically, it affirmed the need for a comprehensive abortion law and emphasized the government’s obligation to ensure that no woman is denied a legal abortion just because she cannot pay for it…
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 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…
At age 15, Gita should have been cramming for math tests and gossiping with friends. Instead, she was forced to leave her family and the school she attended in the midwestern hills of Nepal to marry a man eight years older…