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Pregnant People, Infants, Children Particularly Vulnerable

(Washington, DC) – The administration of United States President Joe Biden should take concrete action to ensure that the country’s maternal health crisis, dominated by racial inequities, is a central focus of US domestic climate policy, a coalition…
US President Joe Biden signs a series of executive orders on tackling climate change on January 27, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Law Violates Young People’s Human Rights, Can Delay Their Care

(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…
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Comprehensive Sex Ed, HPV Vaccine Can Reduce Preventable Deaths

(Washington, DC) – Alabama is failing to enact policies to improve health outcomes for its young people, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Despite the positive impact adolescent vaccines and sexual health education can have on…
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‘She Decides’ Summit to Counter Trump’s ‘Global Gag Rule’

(Brussels) – Governments should pledge political and financial support for sexual and reproductive health to counter the United States’ “Global Gag Rule,” Human Rights Watch said today. The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden are hosting a summit in…
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Unconstitutional, Undermines Rights of LGBT Community

(Washington, DC) – The Louisiana state legislature should swiftly repeal its discriminatory “crime against nature” laws, which are used to harass lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. On April 16, 2014, the Louisiana State House of…
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Senate, Governor Should Approve Bill to End Condom Use as Prostitution Evidence

(New York) – The New York State Assembly enacted a bill to end the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses on the final day of the 2013 legislative session. Assembly bill 2736 was approved by a vote of 80 to 48 on June 21, 2013, and…
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End Their Use as Evidence of Prostitution

(New York) – The New York State Assembly should enact a bill that would prohibit the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses. Assembly bill 2736 was voted out of the New York State Assembly Rules Committee on June 20, 2013 and could be…
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Sex Workers at Risk From Condom Policy

(Washington, DC) – Police in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and San Francisco are confiscating condoms from sex workers and transgender women, undermining health department campaigns to reduce HIV, Human Rights Watch said in a report released…
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Bill Would Permit Hospitals to Let Women in Need of Care Die

(Washington, DC) – The United States House of Representatives approved a bill on October 13, 2011, that would put women’s lives at risk, Human Rights Watch said today. The bill, if it becomes law, would reverse longstanding federal policy requiring…
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Provision Would Jeopardize Women’s Health, Free Speech

(Washington, DC,) - The House Foreign Affairs Committee should remove language that would reinstate the so-called "Global Gag Rule" from the draft Foreign Affairs Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012,  Human Rights Watch said today.  The "Gag Rule"…
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Bill Promises Strategic Approach on Devastating Childbirth Injury

(Nairobi) - A bill introduced  in the US Congress on March 8, 2011, would help end the shame and pain of millions of fistula sufferers around the world, Human Rights Watch said today. Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury causing leakage of…
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Weak Laws, Discrimination Bad for Families and Business

(New York) - Millions of US workers - including parents of infants - are harmed by weak or nonexistent laws on paid leave, breastfeeding accommodation, and discrimination against workers with family responsibilities, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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Outdated Approaches, Ineffective Strategies, Punitive Laws at Nation’s HIV Epicenter

(New York) - Progress in the fight against AIDS in the southern United States is undermined by state laws and policies that impose ineffective approaches and fuel stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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New Law Promises to Reduce Sexual Assault Backlog, but Funding Remains Major Concern

(Chicago) - The vast majority of DNA evidence collected from rape victims in Illinois cannot be confirmed as tested, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today and based on data collected across the state.  A new law signed by Governor Pat…
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Interference with Women’s Decisions at Odds with Human Rights and Legislation’s Intentions

(New York) - The "Stupak amendment" to the House health care reform bill, which would effectively eliminate abortion access for millions of women, threatens women's human rights, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to US senators today. The restrictive…
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Plans to Improve Management and Oversight Offer Hope but Need Action

(New York) - Plans to reform immigration detention management and oversight, announced today by the US government, should quickly be translated into actual policy change and accountability, Human Rights Watch said today.  The plans focus on centralizing…
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Briefing to Congress Details Inadequate Medical Care in Detention, Separation from Family

(Washington, DC) - The US government should reform immigration enforcement policies that inflict needless suffering on immigrant women and their families, rights advocates said today. A former immigration detention center nurse, a former detainee, and a…
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More City Council Oversight Needed to Ensure Progress in Testing

(Los Angeles) - The Los Angeles City Council's approval on May 18 of funds for testing the physical evidence in rape cases is a major step toward reducing a huge backlog of "rape kits," Human Rights Watch said. Human Rights Watch urged the City Council…
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‘Provider Conscience Rule’ Ignores Impact on Those Needing Services

(New York) - The Obama administration should rescind the Bush-era regulation that allows healthcare workers to deny women essential health information and services, Human Rights Watch said today. April 9, 2009, is the final day for public comment on a…
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Two Studies – on Women and Systemic Abuses – Document Shortcomings and Lack of Accountability

(Miami) - The medical care system in US immigration detention is dangerously inadequate, with unique consequences for women, and improving health care for immigration detainees should be a top priority for the new administration, Human Rights Watch and…