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|Hayley Matthews • 5/13/16|
The 411: For 23 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has been, and still remains, the only global legal advocacy organization committed to improving reproductive rights, with an expertise in U.S. constitutional and international human rights law.
Do you wish for a world where every woman is free to decide if she wants to have children and when without being made to feel ashamed? Do you wish for a world where every woman has access to the best reproductive health care possible?
That’s the world the Center for Reproductive Rights envisions for women, and the Center’s group of attorneys and advocates are creating that world through courageous and innovative legal and human rights resources.
Thanks to groundbreaking work both in and out of the courtroom, the Center is able to expand access to reproductive health care, such as birth control, safe abortion, prenatal care and more, and promote a new way of thinking.
Having already improved policies in more than 50 countries, the Center strives to fundamentally change the landscape of reproductive health in the U.S. and around the world.
We spoke with Director of State Advocacy Kelly Baden to learn exactly how.
Through partnerships, conferences, campaigns and more, the Center gives supporters opportunities to get involved and take action themselves.
Perhaps one of the most influential initiatives is DrawtheLine.org, a site where people can submit stories about their own reproductive health care experiences and why protecting these rights is important to them.
Users can also add their name to a list of hundreds of thousands of people who agree that individuals should get the final say on their own reproductive health care.
“DrawtheLine.org is a great place to go to see some stories, understand the context that we’re all operating in within the U.S. and take action to protect reproductive rights,” Baden said.
It’s programs like these, as well as taking action on social media and attending coalition events, that Baden said can help advocates become a part of the positive change.
“If people can be tapped into their local politics and be aware of what the legislators in their own backyard are trying to do, that’s a place where folks can really have an impact,” she said. “We need to work together to build a movement that is about dignity, health care, human rights and women’s rights. ”
It’s easy to see that the Center has made a huge impact in a lot of different places over the past two decades, particularly when it comes to abortion.
In 2013, the Center introduced a bill called the Women’s Health Protection Act, which aims to fight against state abortion restriction provisions that are attempting to close the doors of reproductive health care clinics and make it harder for women to access abortion care.
“We’re fighting not just in-state houses or on Capital Hill, but we’re also fighting in courts every day to protect reproductive rights and to make sure our constitutional health care rights are protected,” Baden said.
The team hopes to continue doing great work like this for the next two decades, prompting legislators to make much needed improvements, assisting state organizations and independent abortion providers and more.
“Reproductive rights is an issues that impacts everybody. We’re fighting a battle that not necessarily everyone knows is going on, but there’s a real urgency to this moment,” she said.
To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights and gains access to helpful information about protecting your own rights and the rights of those you love, visit www.reproductiverights.org.