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O'Neill Institute and WLW Launch Publication on Conscientious Objection and Reproductive Health and Rights

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Publication CoversThe O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Women’s Link Worldwide proudly announce the official launch of their joint publication Conscientious Objection and Abortion: A Global Perspective on the Colombian Experience. The publication is available in both English and Spanish.
In 2009, the Colombian Constitutional Court issued a landmark Decision T-388/09 that sets important standards on the use of conscientious objection in the context of abortion services.The publication features comparative regional analyses by experts across the globe on balancing the right to conscientious objection and women’s reproductive health and rights. In addition to analyzing the standard set by the Colombian Constitutional Court in the context of abortion, the publication also examines how this standard has been used with regard to LGBT issues and how conscientious objection can be used positively to increase access to health care services by marginalized populations.
List of contributors:

  • Carmen Barroso, Regional Director of the Western Hemisphere Region, IPPF
  • Bernard Dickens, Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy, University of Toronto
  • Mercedes Cavallo, Secretary for the Fourth Federal Criminal and Correctional Court of Buenos Aires
  • Agustina Ramón Michel, Adjunct Researcher, Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad
  • Louise Melling, Deputy Legal Director and Center of Liberty Director, ACLU
  • Jennifer Lee, Staff Attorney, Reproductive Freedom Project, ACLU
  • Ruth Fletcher, Senior Lecturer in Medical Law, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Charles Ngwena, Professor of Law, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Manuel Yasser Páez, Research Professor, National Autonomous University of Mexico

To commemorate the launching of this publication, Women’s Link Worldwide, the O’Neill Institute, and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) held an event on October 27, 2014, at Georgetown Law.
Moderated by Mónica Roa (Vice President of Strategy and External Relations at Women’s Link Worldwide), the event featured a panel consisting of Doctor Miryam García (“I Support Universal Healthcare” Campaign) and publication contributors Carmen Barroso, Louise Melling, and Agustina Ramón Michel.
The event also featured a roundtable discussion with Janet Benshoof (President of the Global Justice Center) and Tracy Robinson (Chair of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights).

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