Centre for Reproductive Rights
Founded in 1992, the Centre for Reproductive Rights is the only global legal advocacy organization dedicated to Reproductive Rights , with expertise in both the United States of America constitutional and international Universal Declaration of Human Rights law. Their influential cases before national courts, United Nations committees, and regional human rights bodies have expanded access to Reproductive Category:Health, including Birth control, safe Abortion, prenatal and obstetric care, and unbiased information. They are dedicated to influencing the law outside the courtroom as well, documenting abuses, working with policymakers to promote progressive measures, and fostering legal scholarship and teaching on reproductive health and human rights.
The Center for Reproductive Rights uses the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.
Programmes and Activities
The Centre for Reproductive Rights prioritises the following policies and issues in its campaigns in over 50 countries:
- Legal, safe, and affordable Contraception and Abortion.
- Good obstetric and prenatal care for a Safe & Healthy Pregnancy.
- Information about reproductive health that is free from Censorship.
- Funding for Reproductive Healthcare
- Rights of Young People and women with HIV/AIDS/AIDS.
- The Center is a co-founder and host of the International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights. Launched at the Women Deliver conference in late 2007, the Initiative is a civil society effort whose goal is to address Maternal Mortality as a human rights imperative. It combines advocacy, policy work, and other strategies to ensure that governments implement effective and equitable policies and programs to reduce maternal mortality. The Initiative also promotes understanding among human right organizations and bodies that maternal deaths can be as much a human rights violation as extrajudicial executions, torture, and arbitrary detentions.
- The Law School Initiative will invigorate scholarship and teaching around this growing body of law and train the next generation of lawyers to think about reproductive health in the human rights framework. The increased attention in the legal academy on international and comparative law, as well as the recent adverse decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in Carhart II, are generating significant interest in new approaches and make this an apt time for the Initiative.