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Briefing Papers

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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…

Walker v. Jesson: Brief of Pro-Choice Resources as Amicus Curiae in Support of Respondent

In 2013, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed an amicus brief before the Minnesota Court of Appeals in Walker v.

Substantive Equality and Reproductive Rights: A Briefing Paper on Aligning Development Goals with Human Rights Obligations

International human rights norms have recognized that reproductive rights are women’s rights, clarifying that violations of reproductive rights are primarily manifestations of discrimination, poverty, and violence…

The Legal and Policy Framework on Abortion in Tanzania

Abortion is legal in mainland Tanzania when done to preserve the life or mental or physical health of the pregnant women, as well as in cases of sexual violence…

Understanding the Legal and Policy Framework on Abortion in Uganda

Abortion is legal in Uganda when done to preserve the life or mental or physical health of the pregnant woman, understood to include cases of sexual violence…

Amicus Brief: Gauer and Others v. France

In August 2011, the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partners filed an amicus brief to the European Court of Human Rights in support of Joëlle Gauer and Others —five women with mental disabilities in France who were forcibly sterilized—arguing that forced sterilization constitutes…

Defenders of Sexual Rights and Reproductive Rights: a Briefing Paper to the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

In June 2009, the Center for Reproductive Rights, in collaboration with Human Rights Watch and CLADEM, submitted a briefing paper to the newly appointed Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Ms. Margaret Sekaggya…

Briefing Paper: The Right to Contraceptive Information and Services for Women and Adolescents

Around the world, the unmet need for safe and effective contraceptive services is staggering: Roughly 215 million women in developing countries rely on traditional contraceptive methods with high failure rates or do not use a contraceptive

Reproductive Rights Violations as Torture

Far too often, women suffer violations of their reproductive rights that inflict tremendous physical and psychological pain…