Press Releases

First-Ever Federal Abortion Ban Challenged in Court Today Law Challened by Dr. LeRoy Carhart and the National Abortion Federation

Acting to protect women's health, the National Abortion Federation, Dr. LeRoy Carhart, and several other physicians joined legal challenges today seeking to block a dangerous and deceptive ban on safe abortion procedures…

Nebraska Doctor Challenges Federal Abortion Ban in Court Today

In a Nebraska federal court today, the Center for Reproductive Rights is challenging a federal ban on safe abortion procedures about to be signed into law by President Bush…

Council of Europe Finds Evidence of Forced Sterilization of Romani Women in Slovakia

On October 29, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe concluded that "it can reasonably be assumed" that Romani women in Slovakia were sterilized without their informed consent as documented in a human rights report released earlier this year by the Center for

Slovak Investigation Covers Up Human Rights Abuses

At the conclusion of a criminal investigation tainted by strong-arm tactics, the Slovak Deputy Prime Minister of Human Rights and Minorities Pál Csáky rejected the findings of a human rights report that documented 110 cases of Romani women who were forcibly and coercively sterilized in public…

Center Vows to Challenge Unconstitutional Abortion Ban Inching Toward President's Desk

The Center for Reproductive Rights is poised to challenge a dangerous ban on safe abortion procedures that is heading toward the President's desk. The Senate passed the committee version of the legislation on October 21, 2003; the House passed it in early October…

Women’s Health Experts from Kenya and Peru Speak out on the Impact of the Global Gag Rule

At a breakfast briefing on October 22, women's health experts from Kenya and Peru will discuss the devastating effects of the Bush Administration's gag rule on women and reproductive health advocates in their countries…

Alaska Court Protects Young Women's Right to Abortion

On October 13, an Alaska state judge struck down a law that required young women under the age of 17 to obtain the consent of a parent or a judge before having an abortion. Superior Court Judge Sen K…

Doctors and Counselors Fight Kansas Law that Violates Teens' Rights to Confidential Health Care

Physicians, social workers, nurses, psychologists and a sex ed teacher are asking a federal judge to prevent Kansas law enforcement officials from requiring health-care and counseling professionals to report teenagers under 16 to the authorities when there is evidence that they are engaging in…

Unconstitutional Ban on Safe Abortion Procedures Heads Towards President's Desk

In the coming days, President Bush is expected to sign into law the first federal abortion ban in United States history. In conference last night, the House and Senate conferees reached agreement on the abortion ban…