Briefing Papers

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Capacity and Consent: Empowering Adolescents to Exercise their Reproductive Rights

With adolescents and youth constituting a quarter of the global population – for a total of 1.8 billion people – it has never been more critical that their human rights be fully recognized and realized within global arenas and at the regional, national, and community level…

Capacity and Consent: Empowering Adolescents to Exercise their Reproductive Rights

With adolescents and youth constituting a quarter of the global population – for a total of 1.8 billion people – it has never been more critical that their human rights be fully recognized and realized within global arenas and at the regional, national, and community level…

Shifting the Frame on Disability Rights for the U.S. Reproductive Rights Movement

This paper is directed at the U.S. reproductive rights movement with the goal of encouraging a frank conversation about disability rights within our movement…

Bans on Abortion at 20 Weeks: Unconstitutional, Unconscionable, and Unwarranted

The Supreme Court has ruled time and again that liberty is at the core of a woman’s right to control her destiny and her body, including decisions about whether ending or continuing a pregnancy is the best option for her…

The High Cost of State Bans on Abortion Coverage

Since 1976, anti-choice politicians unable to explicitly ban abortion have sought to make it unaffordable by passing federal and state bans on insurance coverage for abortion care. Today, numerous state and federal laws impose unfair and harmful limitations on such insurance coverage…

Abortion Worldwide: 20 Years of Reform

In 1994, 179 countries came together to adopt the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the first international consensus document in which states recognized that reproductive rights are human rights that are already enshrined in domestic…

From Risk to Rights: Realizing States’ Obligations to Prevent and Address Maternal Mortality

During the past several decades, sexual and reproductive rights advocates have transformed the global community’s understanding of maternal mortality and morbidity, framing it as a clear violation of women’s fundamental human rights…