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Repeal the Ban on Abortion for Women in the Military

For the past fifteen years, the United States government has banned almost all abortion services at United States military hospitals and medical facilities overseas.* These facilities are barred from providing any abortion "except where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus…

What’s Wrong with the Executive Order on Abortion Restrictions?

On Sunday, March 21, 2010, as part of the negotiations over the healthcare reform bill, President Barack Obama promised to issue a new Executive Order on abortion restrictions upon passage of the bill by the House…

Debunking Myths on Funding Firewalls and Healthcare Reform

Question: Does Healthcare Reform Actually Provide Federal Funding for Abortion?

Answer: No…

A.S. v. Hungary: Informed Consent: A Signature is Not Enough

A.S., a Hungarian woman of Roma origin, underwent surgery at a public hospital in connection with a miscarriage. Minutes after being admitted to the hospital in a “state of shock” and while on the operating table, A.S. was asked to sign a statement of consent to a caesarean section…

Tysiąc v. Poland: Ensuring Effective Access to Legal Abortion

Alicja Tysiąc, a Polish woman, was suffering from severe myopia. Pregnant for the third time, she consulted three ophthalmologists who concluded that carrying the pregnancy to term constituted a serious risk to her eyesight…

Beijing+15: No Equality Without Full Enjoyment of Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights

In 1995, representatives of 189 governments and more than 2,100 non-governmental organizations attended the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, where the international community reaffirmed and built upon the commitments set forth within the International

Facts on Abortion in the Philippines: Criminalization and a General Ban on Abortion

The Center for Reproductive Rights works nationally and internationally to expand access to reproductive healthcare for women around the world. We have conducted years of investigative research into the status of reproductive rights in the Philippines…

Nelson Amendment Goes Far Beyond Current Law with New Restrictions on Abortion Services Coverage

New, far-reaching restrictions on abortion services coverage that are now part of the House and Senate bills on healthcare reform threaten to turn back the clock on access to abortion

Abortion: Parental Consent & Notification by State

Parental involvement laws require young women to obtain the consent of or notify one or both parents in order to obtain an abortion, forcing those who are unable to comply with the requirements to delay obtaining appropriate medical care…

The Stupak-Pitts Amendment Goes Far Beyond the Already-Punishing Restrictions in the Hyde Amendment

The Stupak-Pitts amendment, added to the House of Representative's healthcare reform bill in last-minute maneuvers on the House floor, is sometimes described as a mere extension of current restrictions on Medicaid funding for abortion (known as…