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Tag Archives: Reproductive Rights

03.11.16

American Women's Reproductive Health at Stake in Whole Women's Health and Zubik

By Rebecca Reingold

Since the 1960s, the U.S. Supreme Court has played a major role in establishing, expanding and defending American women’s reproductive rights. From Griswold v. Connecticut to Gonzales v. Carhart, the Court developed a line of jurisprudence that protects women’s rights to contraception, to abortion, and to bear a child. This term, the Court is considering 2 […]

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01.29.16

4 Challenges to Mitigating the Impact of Zika Virus Infection

By Rebecca Reingold

Yesterday, the World Health Organization announced that the Zika virus was “spreading explosively” in the Americas and that as many as three to four million people in the region could be infected in the next year. 23 countries and territories in the region have already reported cases of infection with the virus. Zika is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, which also transmits […]

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12.24.15

An Obligation to Meet the Health Needs of Sexual Violence Survivors in Colombia

By Rebecca Reingold

On December 17, Colombia’s Constitutional Court ruled that health care providers must provide survivors of sexual violence with immediate, comprehensive, confidential and free medical services. The decision is particularly important for sexual violence survivors who have been displaced by the armed conflict in Colombia, as they are more likely to face a daunting array of obstacles […]

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11.29.15

Justice for Kenyan Women Detained in Maternity Wards

By Rebecca Reingold

Poor maternal health services are common in Kenya due to a number of factors, including lack of supplies and equipment, inadequate training and supervision of health care workers, negligence, and unethical practices. According to the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center), many women who seek such services at the country’s largest public maternity hospital, Pumwani Maternity Hospital, suffer […]

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11.18.15

O'Neill at IV Latin American Legal Conference on Reproductive Rights

By Rebecca Reingold

On November 2-4, Oscar Cabrera, Executive Director of the O’Neill Institute, and I participated in the IV Latin American Legal Conference on Reproductive Rights in Lima, Peru. The Conference takes place every two years, bringing together academics, judges and other judicial officers, legislators, activists and civil society representatives. This year, the Conference focused on the […]

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10.12.15

The unmet need for family planning, an unmet human right

By Rebecca Reingold

On October 9-11, the University of Washington School of Law hosted the Human Right to Family Planning Conference. It explored the relationship between the right to health and family planning – globally and locally, bringing together advocates, doctors, nurses, lawyers, public health professionals, pharmacists, politicians, academics and researchers, among others.

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09.18.15

Upcoming Global Health Law Leader: Estefania Palomino on Women's Health and Social Justice

By Ana S. Ayala

A few weeks back, we welcomed our new class of students in our Global Health Law LL.M. Program. As the Director of the program, I could not be more enthusiastic about what this group of students will offer their communities and the world once they leave the program. As their advisor, I have the pleasure of getting to know […]

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07.24.15

The Abortion Drone: An Innovative Use of Technology to Advance Women’s Health

By Rebecca Reingold

This post was co-authored by Rebecca Reingold and Sandra Majestic. Last month, sexual and reproductive rights activists found a new use for drone technology. The Dutch NGO Women on Waves, in collaboration with other women’s rights organizations, coordinated the first “Abortion Drone”. The unmanned aerial vehicle flew packets of abortion pills from the German town […]

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03.18.15

At the Intersection of Abortion, Advocacy & Pop Culture

By Rebecca Reingold

Even in countries where abortion has been legalized, women face numerous barriers when attempting to access the procedure. These include provider, facility, commodity, procedural, economic, information and stigma barriers. Stigma barriers are arguably the hardest to tackle, since they reflect deep-seated cultural values and judgments. Pop culture, however, can serve as a powerful tool for […]

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12.19.14

“Participation” means “hands-on”: UK Supreme Court Further Defines Who Can Conscientiously Object in the Context of Abortion

By Ana S. Ayala

Just two days ago, on December 17, 2014, the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court ruled that two Catholic midwives did not have the right to conscientiously object to performing their supervisory duties in cases of abortion. As with many reproductive rights issues, the issue of conscientious objection in the context of abortion is highly polarizing. However, […]

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