At a time when the global trend for reproductive rights is moving towards liberalization of abortion laws, the United States has once again failed to pass the Women's Health Protection Act, federal legislation that would protect abortion access. Elsewhere, the Center for Reproductive Rights released a crucial new report on medication abortion in Asia and was recognized for its work on gender equality in the Philippines.
Photo credit: Hannele Lahti, Center for Reproductive Rights
In the wake of a leaked draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that indicated the Court may be on the verge of overturning Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Senate failed to advance the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA). It is clear we need federal legislation to protect abortion access across the country.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed the Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA), which protects access to abortion care in the state. Colorado becomes the twenty-second state—plus the District of Columbia—with abortion rights protections.
The Center celebrated International Women's Day on March 8 by hosting an event in Nepal and launching an important fact sheet that outlines the existing public health standards including medical and self-managed abortions in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka.
The Philippine Commission on Human Rights awarded the Center as one of its valuable partners in promoting gender equality in the country. The Center was specifically recognized for its role in the Commission's first national inquiry on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
"We are proud to work alongside the Philippine Commission on Human Rights as it fulfills its mandate to protect and promote gender equality and demonstrates its strong commitment to advancing human rights in the midst of the challenges it has faced in recent years."
—Jihan Jacob, Senior Legal Advisor for Asia, Center for Reproductive Rights