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Freedom Denied

[UPDATE] After 10 years of wrongful imprisonment after she had a stillbirth, our client Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, was denied her freedom and will remain in El Salvador’s Ilopango prison until 2038.

Irish Parliamentary Committee Recommends Abortion Law Reform

(PRESS RELEASE) Today the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution—a select

Over a Half-Million Public Comments from Across the Country Submitted Opposing Trump Administration Rules Threatening Access to Contraception

(Press Release) In a massive public comment submission effort, the Center for Reproductive Rights, along with more than a dozen leading reproductive and civil rights organizations, members of Congress, and allies delivered over a half-million public comments on behalf of…

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…

Statement from Nancy Northup, President & CEO of Center for Reproductive Rights, on yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court order allowing the Trump administration’s travel ban to go into effect pending the legal challenges

(PRESS RELEASE) - “We are deeply dismayed that the Supreme Court has allowed this discriminatory travel ban to take effect while the case is pending…

Center for Reproductive Rights Statement on the Commencement of Confirmation Hearings on Alex Azar as HHS Secretary

(PRESS RELEASE) Today, the Senate began its confirmation hearings on Alex Azar for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), President Trump’s choice to fill a post vacated by Tom Price, who resigned

Senate To Advance Tax Bill That Would Rob Millions of Americans of Health Care

(PRESS RELEASE) — Yesterday the United States Senate Budget Committee voted to move forward on a tax bill that threatens the health and economic well-being of women and families…

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…

Our Work in Focus

There was a time not long ago when those of us dedicated to protecting reproductive freedom viewed the surge in attacks of 2011 as an aberration, an extreme political reaction…
Put 2012 against any year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, in 1973, and you would be hard pressed to find a period that offered as many highs and lows as the past 12 months. Let's start with the highlights…
The new federal requirement that private health insurance cover the cost of birth control has generated much heated controversy these last few weeks: Congressional hearings, proposed legislation to unwind it, multiple legal actions…