Poland: Escalating Threats to Women Activists

Click to expand Image Protesters hold a banner of Strajk Kobiet (Women’s Strike) during a protest in Warsaw on March 8,  International Women’s Day, organized by the Women’s Strike (Strajk Kobiet) against the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and the decision of the Constitutional Court. © 2021 Attila Husejnow / SOPA Images / Sipa […]

Illinois: Repeal Forced Parental Notice of Abortion

(Chicago) – An Illinois law that requires a young person seeking an abortion to involve an adult family member is dangerous for youth in the state, violates their human rights, and threatens their health and safety, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois said in a report released today. The […]

Argentina: Legalize Abortion

(Washington, DC) – The life and health of anyone who is pregnant in Argentina will be at risk as long as access to abortion and post-abortion care remains heavily restricted, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Congress should legalize abortion to protect their fundamental rights, given the insurmountable obstacles they face when trying to access abortion under the limited exceptions authorized by law. The 77-page report named […]

A 10-Year-Old Girl’s Ordeal to Have a Legal Abortion in Brazil

Click to expand Image Pro-choice demonstrators at a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 8, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo Earlier this month, a 10-year-old-girl in Espírito Santo State, Brazil, discovered she was pregnant after 4 years of repeated rape by her uncle, who threatened her to keep quiet. The girl, who […]

Ohio, Texas Use COVID-19 to Stop Abortions

Expand An activist seen holding a placard that reads, “protect safe, legal abortion” during a Stop the Bans rally in Dayton, Ohio, May 19, 2019. © 2019 Sipa via AP Images Officials in the US states of Ohio and Texas are using the coronavirus as a politically expedient excuse to halt abortions – a move that […]

Colombia: Uphold Women’s Rights in Abortion Case

Expand Women organize green cloth banners to be placed on sculptures of Colombian artist Fernando Botero during a protest in Medellin, Colombia on September 28, 2019. © 2019 Getty Images VIEWPRESS/ Fredy Builes Corbis via Getty Images (Washington, DC) – Colombia’s Constitutional Court should uphold women’s rights in deciding a case regarding access to abortion, […]

Teen Girls Need Access to Safe and Legal Abortion

Expand A young woman, 18, holds her younger child at their home in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She gave birth to her first child at 16 and her second at 17. © 2019 Tatiana Fernández Geara for Human Rights Watch   Today, on International Day of the Girl, we have an opportunity to reflect on […]

A Bleak 24 Hours for Women’s Rights in the US

Expand People rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court while the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra case remained pending, in Washington, U.S., June 25, 2018. © 2018 Reuters It’s open season on reproductive rights in the United States. Again. Five different US states this week moved anti-abortion bills up the legislative food chain, in […]