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Human Rights Watch Letter to Florida Legislature

February 16, 2022 Chris Sprowls Speaker, Florida House of Representatives 402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399 Senator Wilton Simpson President, The Florida Senate 404 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399 Re: House Bill 5/…

Forcing Parental Involvement in Abortion Violates Rights

A law in the US state of Illinois that forces people under 18 to involve an adult family member in their abortion decision is failing some of the state’s young people and violating their human rights. In a new joint report with the American Civil…
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What are some of the misconceptions around being born intersex? Unfortunately, in our society we’re still at a point where most people don’t know the basic facts about being intersex. People think it is very rare, but really, up to two percent of the…
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April 13, 2015 Mr. Douglas Brooks Director, Office of National AIDS Policy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington DC 20500   Dear Director Brooks, We write today, representing 14 organizations to urge the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) to sharpen…

Council of the District of Columbia

To The Honorable Members of the Council of the District of Columbia, Human Rights Watch respectfully submits this written testimony in opposition to Bill 19-567 that would extend and permit permanent Prostitution-Free Zones (PFZ) in the District of…

Interference with Women’s Decisions at Odds with Human Rights and Legislation’s Intentions

  Dear Senator,  As you deliberate upon the health care reform bill, we write to urge you to reject provisions that would effectively obstruct access to insurance coverage for abortion and interfere with the ability of women in the United States to…

Letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger State Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Arnold: We are writing to urge your support for AB 1017, which requires law enforcement agencies in California to report statistics regarding rape kits-including the number…

Support Bill to Restrict Shackling of Pregnant Prisoners

  Assemblyman N. Nick Perry LOB 704 Albany, NY 12248   Senator Velmanette Montgomery 711 Legislative Office Building Albany, New York 12247 Re: New York Senate Bill 1290-A/New York Assembly Bill 3373-A Dear Senator Montgomery,…

Urging Endorsement of the Mexico City Declaration on Sex Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Dear President Obama, We wish you well as you prepare for the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, being held April 16-18, 2009.  As sexual and reproductive health and rights advocates and program implementers who work…
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