Briefing Papers

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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…

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…